Yesterday Tracey and Raewyn came in to observe my progress in teaching writing. In my initial observation I was teaching whole class and was making limited links between reading and writing. I knew in myself that my ability to teach writing has improved dramatically.
Feedback from Tracey highlighted my progress and also the explicit links I make between reading and writing. As my teacher inquiry focus is on catering for diverse needs, I am now teaching my students in ability groups. One recommendation that Tracey did have for me was making my learning intention explicit to students at the beginning of the lesson. This is something that I have done previously. However, now teaching in groups and making sure my writing programme is meaningful I am finding myself teaching lots of parts rather than focusing on one specific thing. As a class we have had a focus on wholenes of our writing.
What I have taken from this is not to cram to much in as I could be overwhelming my students. Be clear on what it is that I want from my students.