Get kids to talk in paragraphs and then they write in paragraphs...easily. That is the base of Whole Brain Teachings Oral Writing philosophy. Have you heard of it?!?
I discovered WBT teaching earlier this year. I don't remember how I stumbled upon it, but suddenly I was consumed with watching YouTube videos. All these wonderful teachers had ALL their students engaged. I found the website, signed up, used the weekend to read everything I could, and started implementing the 5 Rules and several other strategies the first day we came back from Winter Break. It changed my classroom dynamic. I love it!
Yesterday, Becca at Simply 2nd Resources posted about WBT Oral Writing. I hadn't heard of it until yesterday and I'm already a believer. I watched the entire webcast below right then and there on her blog AND I took 4 pages of notes! Just watch and you'll see!!
Her post is perfect, so head on over and check it out. She highlights the most important points in the lecture and does a wonderful job describing the technique. She also has several pictures of her super cute room that you won't want to miss. Simply 2nd Resources: WBT Oral Writing
I'm especially excited about Oral Writing because my 4th graders take the state writing test and many of my students come to me very low in language to begin with. Teaching them how to formulate their thoughts and add on to their thinking is key! Oral Writing is a great way to develop language skills and incorporate higher level thinking while preparing them to be excellent writers. You can't beat that!
So... You can start building writing and elaboration skills from day 1 in a fun, interactive, whole brain way!
I was so excited about getting Oral Writing started in my classroom... I made POSTERS and you can download them for FREE!
Here are the posters I created that go through the Oral Writing Steps. I plan on hanging these up by my white board as a reference and reminder to both my students and myself. Each poster is only half a page to conserve wall space, especially if you (like me) have only two real walls in your classroom.
I hope these posters are helpful to you and your class. Please email me with any questions or suggestions. You can grab my posters (plus 2 more not pictured) in my TN store by click here or clicking directly on the picture above. Remember, all Whole Brain Teaching resources should always be 100% free!