KinderGals: Here Comes Interactive Writing

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Here Comes Interactive Writing




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Kim and Megan said...

So you can read and read something and as soon as you hit publish you see an error! It should read "The craziness is here!" No kidding!

Mrs. Davis said...

I have two "must haves' during IW... a white board to model unknown letters/chunks/blends AND white tape to cover mistakes. Both help students feel confident b/c they know someone is there to help them, and if they make a mistake they can fix it! I am definitely going to try this IW project with them! THANKS!

Jess said...

Great post! I think I've always struggled in the past with this because I didn't have my other students engaged by writing on their whiteboards. Thank you for this helpful tip!
Rambling About Reading

Courtney said...

One thing I am doing this year that my first graders love is "Watch It Wednesday." We watch a two minute video clip that is just really amazing (think murmuration of starlings) and then do an interactive writing about it. That way all of my kids have shared knowledge about the topic and they are really eager to talk and write. We turn and talk to generate our sentence ideas and then the kids write in white paper books as we write on the chart paper together. I like having a record of their writing because I can follow up with a strategy group for kids who are not meeting the writing standards. I LOVE the Christmas tree writing. We are starting how-to books next and this would be a great class piece. Thanks for the great post!

Kristin said...

Super cute!!!!! I love it because all kids are responsible for their learning AND all kids can be successful with the DI. Thanks for sharing. The Christmas Tree How To is adorable - can't wait to do it!
A Teeny Tiny Teacher

tmarie said...

Thanks ladies! I used this in my room the other day and you would not believe the work I got out of my kiddos. (Or maybe you would believe it - you probably saw the same results!) Hop on over to my blog if you have time and check out what you inspired!
Spotlight on Kindergarten

Hadar said...

I saw this post shared by 2 other bloggers and just had to come check it out! How cool!! I really love the way you described teaching writing, it is so true! And I totally read "is" instead of "in"! We self correct all the time!

Thanks for sharing your wisdom!

Miss Kindergarten
Target Treasures

Kim and Megan said...

Hey Hadar, Just curious, which other blogs shared this idea? Would love to look at their take on the idea.

Kim and Megan said...

Hey Tessa, Went to your blog and love your pictures! Thanks for sharing them.

Heather said...

was linked to this writing post by "A Little Kinder Told Me So!" I have seen Kim present at Illinois Kindergarten Conference many times, though, so I'm excited to find this blog from you ladies!

Chrissy said...

hey there...I want to make sure I understand this correctly. The children are copying everything that I am writing as well as those coming up to the board? Thank you!

Kim and Megan said...

Hey Chrissy, Yes, everyone is writing along. If they get behind, just say skip that part. The important part is that they are actively involved not just copying!

Alexandra Collazo-Baker said...


I'm an ESL teacher in NYC. I teach middle school but a lot of my students are newcomers and do not have much writing fluency in their native language. They come pre-literate. Anyway, I came across your post about interactive writing and I think it would be a great way for some of my higher level kids to take a leadership role (have them lead the class) while the lower level kids get more support.

My question is where do the prompts come from. We're don't really do phonics and beginning sounds. Would this world with a prompt? A question to be answered? One kid gets ups, answers and writes the question, the other students write interactively?

Thank you!

Kim and Megan said...

Hey Alexandra,
Interactive Writing is a program used to practice early literacy skills. BUT, how great is it that you have found a way to use the concept in your situation. I would say, try it and see. I would say the main thing is to be sure that they are engaged in the concept not just copying an answer from the chart. Good luck!

Megan Diller said...

I have never done IW with kindergarten and was researching tips and tricks. This post is very helpful! Where do you get the ideas for your prompts? How often do you do interactive writing? Every day?

Kim and Megan said...

Hey Megan,
I select my topics based on what I am doing in other content areas. It might be based on a book that we are reading or something we are learning in science or social studies. I want to address more than one standard at a time. I can have a literacy standard AND a science or social studies standard. I am using interactive writing as a tool. I don't do it every day, but usually every week.

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