Wednesday, February 14, 2007

One Child at at Time....

My friend, Beth Lloyd, at Thriving in School created this post a few weeks ago.

The story behind the story is that the boy who wrote, "Me as Principal," is a fifth grade boy on an IEP (Individualized Education Program) who hates to write and, when forced, will produce very little. Well, the fifth grade curriculum typically includes writing. (In fact, research suggests that in elementary school, at least 50% of the day is spent on fine motor activities, typically producing paper and pencil writing tasks.)
Anyway, Beth talked with her student about blogging. She showed him the cluster map and talked about the potential that he would be writing for a larger audience, certainly more than just for Beth, or his teacher and certainly beyond the four walls at the Hosmer School. He thought about this and decided that this would be "cool." And, more importantly, he wanted to write something that he could publish in the school OT blog. Read what he wrote in the link above.

How do we improve with our writing skills? We write. And here, this student willingly wrote more than he ever had before. How cool is that? One child at a success story at a time.

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