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Oct 2017
Vol 14 No 3
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Is It Art or Science? A Reflection on the Art and Science of Teaching
By Sue Rockwood

It's Writing Workshop time with my Kindergarten group. We've just had a mini-lesson in which I modeled showing "the inside story" - drawing and telling about how I felt when my cat knocked my laptop off of my desk.

We talk about how to show and tell how we feel in our writing. Telling the "inside story" is an idea for our writing toolboxes - along with labeling pictures, making the characters talk, and describing with our senses about smells, sounds, etc. Students get writing paper and settle in.

As I circulate, I am happy that a new student is comfortable asking me "Will you help me write?" (yes, by encouraging you to do as much as you can on your own and then supporting your growing edges) and another student has an idea and is writing down all the sounds he hears in a sentence (next time we get together, I will show him how to put spaces between his words to make it easier for a reader to read his story).

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