The Case for Classroom Show and Tell written by: We take a look at the standards for English Language Arts and how they are met through show and tell. As an experienced Kindergarten teacher, I agree that time is spent on the process of show and tell, but rationalize its benefits to student learning. In this article I will reason the need for teachers to continue to do show and tell.
But you, like me, might be in a classroom where the expectation is that your kindergartners will write.
Many of you might teach in schools where the children come with little or no skills with written language. In this place, I would like to address the specific components for a kindergarten writing workshop.
Every lesson in kindergarten is mini! We do need to teach the children in brief lessons, guided by what their work is showing us.
Look each day at the work generated, choosing the most sophisticated text from that day might be a good picture, might be one letter, might be a name, etc. The most sophisticated writing and writing samples can and should drive the level of the curriculum throughout the year. It may not be that the child with the highest ability in writing is the one generating the most sophisticated text.
Often the arrangement of the text or what the text is supposed to mean suggests a higher thinking process. Give time for your lesson content to sink in. Give time for the children to work with the content you are guiding them through.
I only do lesson work when the children are gathered together at a dry erase board, without their writing materials.
I expect them to pay attention to what I am telling them and not sneak work on something. I have found that even if I am going to show the children something not to do, if I speak with the child whose work I am using ahead of time, he still would like me to use his work as the illustration of the point.
Gotta love kinders—just wanting attention! I know that many books suggest letting the children sit wherever and get comfortable.
Kindergartners are not yet ready to be separated, thinking their own thoughts. Kindergartners need to be in a writing community, especially physically, so we can hear ideas, trade ideas, work out ideas.
We need to talk and share and help each other. I need to be able to see everyone, at once, to gage who is actively working and who needs a nudge. My students choose what to write each and every day.
Even when I have introduced a cool new idea or concept or genre, the children are not required to work on my suggestions. You know how kindergartners love to finish. In my classroom we have three main ways to share.
There might be between 4 and 10 books ready for sharing on any given day.Why Show and Tell? Show and tell is a time-tested way for building classroom community. In a nutshell, show and tell is a time for students to share things about their lives, either by .
Kindergarten Writing Activities. Start students’ literary careers off right with kindergarten writing activities that not only provide a solid foundation in spelling and grammar, but also inspire a . Show not tell is basically showing with words in writing what is happening or has happened.
In other words, "It was a rainy day." versus, "The cold rain poured on me in buckets, down to my toes," (the latter being an example of show not tell). Keeping Busy in Kindergarten. Despite recent curriculum changes, kindergarten remains unique as an introduction to school.
Spending a full day with a kindergarten class when I was not feeling my best gave me new respect for those who teach the littlest ones. Kindergarten Writing Activities. Start students’ literary careers off right with kindergarten writing activities that not only provide a solid foundation in spelling and grammar, but also inspire a love of the written word.
Dec 07, · I love teaching the kids how to use show, not tell in their writing, but sometimes it is so HARD for them to get! When they finally understand what it is and how to use it, their writing is AMAZING, and I love that.