Tuesday, October 26, 2010


literacy 2
I found it interesting to see Lamott use the term “shitty first draft” because I often use a term similar to it about my first drafts. When I start writing I often start typing everything on my mind and not considering grammar, organization, or spelling. I just type as fast as I can as my thoughts flow through my mind to be sure that I put everything down that I want to put down. Once I am finished it looks like what I call word vomit on my pages. I print it out, pull out a green pen because I find red to be seen as a negative color, and start fixing my errors, adding descriptive, and changing words. I find that it can be difficult at times for me to go over the draft but I enjoy writing like this and tend to end up with a better piece of writing.
I am starting to feel like I am learning so much right now in this class that I hope I can remember it all. I am enjoying watching my kindergartener as he seems to change every week. I have noticed several of the phonics and phonemic awareness taking place at my dyad and in my main placement that I have been going back to visit. It seems that I feel like I am starting to better understand why a student does what they do when they are writing and reading. It’s been a lot of fun for me to start to really see what I am learning on campus in the classrooms.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Literacy Blog 2

Before I start to discuss my thoughts on some of the reading so far, I would like to say that all this information would have been very helpful to know about when taking the West E. I wish that we either took this class soon or that we had a longer time to allowed to take the West E. With saying this I hope that instructors will encourage students to read books like Word Identification Strategies to help them prepare for the test. Now that I have that off my mind I will move into my thoughts about the Fox reading.
Word Identification: I have always wondered if the program Hooked on Phonics really worked and what it did for kids. I know my parents purchased the program for my brother and I when we were young however I do not remember much about it. When reading Fox I realized that it is really important to teach Phonics to kids and it seems to me that without realizing it I have used phonics to help kids read through hard words. I just can’t help but wonder if a kid sounds out a word and comes up with a wrong spelling if it will have impact on them later. When a teacher corrects these mistakes will they feel bad about the mistake they made? I look at figure 1.4 and it seems like I have seen it before amongst seconders. When is the right time to show them the correct spelling?
Phonemic Awareness: The last week in September I remember helping several kids with this area. I spent times help them break the words they didn’t know into chunks and sounds to help them figure out how to spell them and read them. Many of the kids now have goals they are working on while reading and several of their goals relate to phonemic awareness. I will be visiting the class on Friday and now that I am more aware of this I would like to talk with my mentor teacher about how she decides what the kids need to work on in this area. I am excited to give some of the activities suggested a try either in my dyad, main placement, or with the kindergartener that I will be seeing some.
I knew that there are many different ways to teach kids how to read and write but I never realized up until now that I have used several of the techniques that have been suggested in this book. However, there were many more ideas that I have not really thought much about and now that I am more aware of them I am excited to try and use them.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Literacy Blog 1

This weekend I had a wedding to attend in Poulsbo. I head over there the night before to save time driving. The next day I was walking through the small town. I walked into one book store and was disappointed to find the high priced books. I continued my way through the little shops waiting for the time of the wedding. I found this one little shop covered with used books. When I did a quick walk through it appeared that the books were mainly adults. I took one last look around only to discover that my first impression was wrong. I spend a lot of time going through hundreds of classic children’s chapter books for all different ages. I found myself remembering the times that I had read the books and some I had read to me. I thought back to last week’s class and how we discussed the books we remember most from our childhood. It made me think back to the moment I decided I liked reading. If I had the money I would have bought a lot of these books that were before me. These books brought me into another world away from the one that I knew. I knew I needed to pick a few carefully. I want for my future students to find a love in reading but in order for them to get there they need to find that book that catches their interest, one that they just can’t put down. I don’t remember what book it was that did this to me but to each person it may be different. I searched through the books and grabbed a large variety that I hope will attract both boys and girls to read. I ended up with about ten books for thirty dollars. I was very proud of my findings. I hope that someday I will be able to venture my way back to this store and continue to grow my collection of books. I may not know the grade I will end up teaching but I think that it is important for me to have a large range in my library and to start now so that I have something to start with. I am excited to share many of my favorite books in read alouds, and possibly share some of these books this next year.