Friday, February 12, 2016

Why the Writing Walkthrough?

Ever wondered why we have to do the Writing Program Walkthrough each and every year? For those who have been hear, this time to analyze writing K-5 has been an annual occurrence. At this point, you may wonder, Is this just something that ______ (Insert name here: Sarah, Buckner, Oldham County, etc.) dreams up because they just LOVE writing?             No.
We actually engage in a Writing Analysis because our state values writing and teachers' participation in the process. The intended outcome is, as this KDE article states, "to use the data to refine the school's program, continue building on overall students' strengths, and addressing the needs of writing and communication skills." The article pictured below (a great read for all) sheds additional light on the importance of analyzing writing at the classroom, grade, and school levels.
Since you analyze your individual students' writing, your PLCs come together to analyze ELA and content writing, it's the job of each of us to come together as a school to analyze our BUCKNER STUDENTS' writing.
Published: 4/24/2015 2:31 PM

Our writing analysis is now March 16. We will spend time analyzing your students' writing so that you can gain a deeper understanding of how your students are doing, as well as the students in grade levels above and below the grade you teach. At both the school and PLCs levels, opportunities for making decisions about next steps will be provided. It is sure to be a powerful experience.
Looking forward to it! 
Materials to bring: 
AVERAGE BEAR (boys and girls represented in your teams)
  • ELA writing
  • content writing (ANY subject area: math, ss, sci. art)
  • Notebook and folder collection

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