Independent Writing - Some Thoughts
I think the one thing a lot of teachers will be wondering is what does an independent write look like?
Here is some info from Herts for Learning -
• The writing that children produce and that moderators will look at should be part of their normal classroom practice. Writing ‘tests’ and ‘cold tasks’ are not the best writing to use to assess writing as children will not produce their best work in these situations. Children working like ‘real writers’ is best practice – children’s writing that is produced at the end of a unit of work may be used as children may be using working walls, success criteria or other scaffolding but they are choosing how to apply the things they have been taught. Discussion of ideas and immersion in vocabulary is all part of good teaching. Directly copying from modelled writing or heavily scaffolded writing would not be considered independent.
• Children CAN use dictionaries when writing independently as this is in the Programmes of Study and is part of normal writing practice. Children still have to make the decision to refer to the resource. However, electronic aids that provide correct spellings are not allowed.
• Children editing and making improvements to their writing are a key part of the National Curriculum. This includes responding to feedback (teacher or peer) as long as the advice is generic and not specific, e.g. ‘have a think about the adjectives you’ve used’ is ok but ‘change that word to something more interesting’ is not ok.
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Reaction to the writing exemplification documents? WT = working towards WB = working beyond— Mr Parkinson (@ICT_MrP) February 8, 2016