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Heard of it, but not used the program
Old 02-10-2013, 04:12 PM
 
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I haven't used it exclusively... Of course, I taught it to my kids as a strategy for writing, but it was not a "curriculum" for my writing block by any means.

I taught in a district that was really trying to push it. Of course, if the first time that a kid hears about this is in 4th grade, it wouldn't be as effective as if they had been learning it the whole time. I think this is the idea that the district was going with, but they tried to force teachers to teach it when, like me, they knew nothing about it. I learned it as I went, and I learned that it was good for some kids and not so good for others.

The funniest thing was when one of the schools in my district got audited by the state board of education because EVERY kid's writing on the state test was basically identical. The school got into some serious hot water because the teachers were accused of coaching on the test. Honestly, several of the teachers were actually coaching their kids, but every teacher in the school got "caught" because of the writing portion of the test. Personally, I think teaching it as a strategy would be fine. But to only give kids instruction in *that* particular form, you'd be robbing the kids of resources that they will need. There are many different ways to tackle a writing project, and some ways work best for specific purposes. Four Square Writing isn't "just right" for all purposes. Kids need to learn how to make the choice.


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