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Kindergarten Teacher from Wyoming

Fascinating!

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Thank you so much for posting this article. I am a kindergarten teacher and fairly new to the teaching profession. I am fascinated by the learning and growth that occurs in kindergarten. I am encouraged to read that writing can help students learn in other academic areas. Our kindergarten PLC integrates writing in all subjects. I find that students enjoy sharing what they know through drawing and writing. It helps them process information and provides a way for them to communicate their ideas, especially for students who struggle to verbalize their thoughts. I also identified with your statement that learning is affected if a student is experiencing anxiety. I witness this in kindergarten, especially on the first day of school when students are anxious about separating from their parents. I spend a great deal of time throughout the school year creating a comfortable, safe classroom environment. My students learn better when they feel secure. The subject of brain development as it relates to learning is of great interest to me. I will be checking back often to read your blogs!

In my district, they are

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In my district, they are focusing on increasing rigor in the classroom through the use of writing. Currently I have been using writing in mathematics by having students write the most important step they learned that day or write the process in words as an exit ticket. I loved the idea of using blogs and wikis so that students have some confidentiality. I am sure this would help students write more freely. I also love the ideas that Bill shared! Putting math concepts into stories and songs are much more engaging and fun! I can't wait to try that in my own classroom.

Neurologist/Teacher/Grad School Ed faculty/Author

Send your strategies for writing for math and science

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Thanks Bill, for your strategy of having students write about math and share their concept knowledge with parents in elementary school. It would be great for us to learn about other successful ways educators have incorporated writing and the arts across the curriculum with positive results!
Keep igniting,
Judy

Have taught mathematics 1st grade - 12th and college. Fort Worth, TX

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Absolutely wonderful article. I am going to save print this and keep it in my files at school. Two years ago I taught grades 3 through 5 mathematics at a local Montessori school. At the end of class we would list the mathematical concepts that we had learned on the board. Then, we would write a story, a poem, or a song about these concepts. Student engagement was high and the class ended on a positive note. The students wrote down their creations and took them home to their parents.

Handwriting Specialist

Excellent article!

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Excellent article! Handwriting trains the brain. As a handwriting specialist for over 40 years we find that the physical act of writing requires focus, discipline, patience, attention to detail, organization, and accuracy - priceless skills for the young child at the beginning of his academic career. Visit www.NewAmericanCursive.com to see some outstanding first grade samples of these skills. Thanks for sharing your work.

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