The State of Affairs
So term 2 has begun and I have identified the children who need that extra help with their writing. These are the children who have more difficulty than the others in getting their ideas down onto paper. I have a list of 12 children. I am going to whittle this down to 5 in order to really see some progress.
My feeling at the moment is that I definitely want to focus on the ESOL learner (Arthur), I also have a very able silver level reader (Ben), a very quiet one (Chris), one who seems consistently unable to complete class activities (Doreen), and another who is a total conundrum at the moment (Ed). A nut that is I think will be harder to crack than the others. I think that's enough to be going on with.
Arthur: Freezes when unable to spell a word correctly (cultural?), developing a sense of grammar.
Ben: Clever boy, a little nerdy, could be motivated more by the appeal of seeing writing on his blog.
Chris: lacks confidence, is starting to write more, responds well to PBL.
Doreen: a bit of a wild child, often ignore scaffolds and wants to write her own piece, needs assistance in crafting these though.
Ed: responds well to quiet and communication with whanau.
What's my goal with these kids?
I'd like to see them producing pieces of writing independently by the end of the term. By independently I mean without my presence over their shoulder. They may be using other scaffolds to assist them but I am hoping that they will be able to complete their expected work, essentially, by themselves.