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Watching children develop the skills of learning to write is a
fascinating process. In writing sessions I had with my 5 - 8
year olds, I could literally see their minds ticking over with the
learning they were experiencing. And to see them realise and
understand their achievements, which I would point out to them, was
a really special thing to witness.
It was typical that students would write once a week, on a topic
given to them by the teacher, who allowed a certain amount of time
for the task to be completed in. The teacher would correct it in red
pen and give it back to the student.
In a lot of schools, teachers have replaced the above approach with
an exciting and meaningful process. Children are encouraged to
develop their own stories, to become authors who express their own
ideas and fantasies in their writing. The children then 'publish'
their work and present it to the class as something they can be
proud of. It's very much a partnership between the
teacher and the student.
This information has
been sourced from the book "Parents, Teachers, Partners" by Barry