Thursday, November 22, 2012

Paired writing MAGIC...

Early in the year we identified a need to accelerate our writing efforts.  We were noticing a HUGE increase in writing output with posting on the blog, using The Literacy Shed for motivation, 100WC for motivation, challenge and interaction with writers around the globe.
We ran training sessions to give skills to tutors to support writers.  Check out our blog post here. We had all of the class trained as tutors.  We had half work as tutors to support the other half of the class.  The results were amazing.
Now, as the year draws to a close we have created a whole new round of MAGIC!  Our writers who have been tutored received training to recap their own tutoring skills and they are now buddied with Year 3 and Year 4 writers and the experience can only be described as MAGICAL...
We have had two sessions this week and the learners from both classes are begging for more writing sessions.  I have learners coming up to me in the playground pleading to write with their buddies again tomorrow...  How good can it really be?
Yesterday, every learner managed to complete a piece of writing using the amazing motivation Clocktower from the Literacy Shed.  A HUGE thank you to Rob Smith for the power that his literacy sheds give to writers around the globe...
Not only did we collaborate, support, mentor and create amazing written language... we made friends, we talked and shared, inspired and grew together.  Check out the clocktower stories here...
All of my writers published their younger buddy's writing onto the blog and today our book shows there interpretation of the world... with the MAGICal colour as we know it, and a parallel of a dull, lifeless world...
This really has been an amazing learning journey for us all.  We now have a queue of learners waiting to choose the next writing motivation from the Literacy Shed and two classes of writing begging for a shared writing session tomorrow...
MAGIC really does happen...
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