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Old 12-28-2005, 04:38 PM
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What grade did you say you taught?

I teach 1st and we changed over from Write from the Beginning to Lucy Calkins. We are thrilled with the results. The kids love writing about real-life experiences and are getting so good at writing. They actually complain when we DON'T have writing time! In previous years there would be groans when it was time to do writing prompts in their journals.
Anyhow, I will say that it did take an initial shift in our thinking about what makes a good writing curriculum and flexibility with classroom management during writing time. For some like myself it was an exciting change, for others it was a harder sell.
I would say give it a chance and maybe read more about it to figure out how you can adapt it better for your group. I know I've had to make some adjustments - every good teacher does, right?


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