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balance is key
Old 08-04-2010, 06:07 AM
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Hi All,

I have used Lucy Clakins writing workshop and Kathy Collins Reading Workshop for 4 years. At first it was difficult but it got easier. I have also used this type of model with ESl children in japan as well.

To be honest, I am very happy that people like Lucy at Teachers College exist. Similarly, I also love Wilson Fundations (orten-gillingham-ish) and primary phonics. In my experience I have found that balance is what works best for children. I think they need both explicit instruction and also freedom. I have found that Fundations used in conjunction with reading workshop, primary phonics texts, and writing workshop has been a wonderful balance.

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