Monday, March 19, 2012

Literacy Choices

               Literacy choices should be well thought out and meaningful. Teachers can plan literacy choices that meet the needs of the classroom. Teachers can use charts to help children pick their literacy choice. The teacher of the classroom should interact with the students during literacy choice time. Teachers can ask questions that spark ideas and learning. Children have freedom to explore literacy in many different ways during this class time. The teacher can guide individual children or small groups during literacy choice time. This time also allows teachers to observe what the children are doing and to make assessments. Children have time to work together or by themselves to do something that they are interested in, while gaining literacy skills. Teachers can use white boards, letter magnets, notebooks, and several other materials to create different literacy choices. During this time children can make predictions, write, read, and more. Picking meaningful literacy choices will engage students and keep them on task. Changing the literacy choices to meet the needs of the students can help keep them engaged. When teachers know their students well, they can make choices that better fit their needs. Every learning experience can be meaningful when it is well thought out and it is created with the children in mind. 

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