Sunday, November 6, 2016

Supportive Classrooms

"Classroom environments that are supportive, pleasant, and non-threatening, develop students’ passion for writing and increase the likelihood that students will apply the strategies they have learned. This is particularly important for students who struggle with writing because many need to overcome the lingering effects of previous experiences where they felt unsuccessful and frustrated throughout the writing process." (Santangelo, Harris, Graham)

Examples of ways to create an enjoyable and inspiring environment include:
  • Establishing an exciting mood during writing time
  • Encouraging students to take risks when writing
  • Developing writing assignments that reflect students’ interests; allowing students to select their own writing topics or modify assigned topics
  • Having students arrange their own writing space
  • Encouraging students to help each other as they plan, write, revise, and edit their work
  • Holding student conferences to discuss writing goals, achievements, and challenges
  • Asking students to share works-in-progress and completed papers with each other
  • Praising students for their accomplishments, effort, and use of writing strategies
  • Reinforcing students’ efforts and accomplishments by “showcasing” work in prominent places
  • Consistently modeling and promoting an “I can do this” attitude

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