Tattoo Idea

First they listen. Then they read. Then they write. Somewhere along that continuum, depending on the person, speech emerges. Input precedes output.
WE cannot control that process, because it all happens where we can’t go, into their unconscious minds during sleep after large doses of listening and reading output the day before in our classrooms.
On that topic Dana said the following this morning in a comment field, and it says it all in one simple and elegant sentence which I would tattoo on my arm if I were the tattooing sort:
…it will take time for them to become better readers and that means even more time to become better writers….



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  1. In teaching French Immersion from Grades 3-12 and subbing extensively in Grades 1 and 2, one thing I saw day in and out was that those children who could read well wrote better. When I worked with the little ones, I realized how important it was to teach them how to read and write and to give them opportunities to do so. However, they have so much more oral input than our kids in world languages. It’s clear to me that we must give them the oral input they need first, closely followed by written input. In time they will become better readers and writers. I just don’t want to force them to do it at a pace that isn’t their own.

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