Date of Defense
Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies
I am very interested in teaching writing and moreover, teaching writing effectively. Due to my interest, I decided to investigate the teaching of writing in the upper elementary and middle school levels. I wanted to examine what makes the teaching of writing effective. To begin this exploration, I observed ten teachers in their respective classrooms as they taught writing for a period of 45-120 minutes. I observed two teachers from each grade level in grades 4-8. During the observations, I took note of the instructional methods the teacher used to teach writing and the students' reaction to those methods. I observed the classroom environment, including such things as the room setup, the amount and type of writing displayed, and students' willingness toward writing. Throughout my observations, I took note of the way a teacher goes about teaching writing, including the amount of choice they allow students as they write and if they use a workshop environment, etc. I also prepared a short survey for the teachers to respond to. The questions within the survey were meant to gauge how the teachers feel about and teach writing.
Woodard, Jessica, "Teaching Wiring Effectively" (2004). Honors Theses. 1317.
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