Posted On: Tuesday, May 3, 2016


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Middle school students and their families gathered together on May 3 to celebrate the progress they each have made this year as writers. The evening was organized to toast the hard work and great results achieved through working with the District’s new writing curriculum, Columbia Writing Workshop, or as students refer to it, “workshop.”

At the event organized by Teaching & Learning Coordinator Christine Foote, families first watched a student-produced video that shared various students’ perspectives on how they feel their writing has improved over the school year and what elements of workshop have helped them achieve their writing goals in the three genres studied - narrative, information and argumentive.

Following the video, guests were asked to read their student’s writing piece and make comments on their “glow” sheet in order to provide the writer with authentic feedback, such as is done in the classroom with their peers. Everyone then moved around the room three different times to read other students’ work and provide comments for the glow sheet.

The evening concluded with students reading aloud chosen lines from their writing pieces.

It was clear from the comments on the video and the writing samples that workshop is working and as a result, our students are writing more clearly, decisively, with more interest, variety and details. 

The student video is available for viewing and can bee seen in four languages:

English Version https://youtu.be/Awvmo72POSg 

Arabic Version  https://youtu.be/DED8P1rkEl4

Karen Version https://youtu.be/ENAukta0wtE

Nepali Version  https://youtu.be/inWTSq-TP1U

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