Alix HortonI’ve been thinking a lot about what it takes to scaffold writing for kids- how do we help them become better writers? What’s the key thing- that essential piece we need to keep in mind for effective writing instruction?In the past I’ve assumed that if I have kids write, they’ll learn to write- essentially, that just having kids write is enough.  I don’t think that’s true anymore.  Of course, having kids write and write a lot is part of it- but it’s not enough.I love Nancie Atwell, an incredibly thoughtful and practiced writing teacher.  Below you can see her conferring with students.  Yes, students are writing, and that will support their development, but I think it’s her (amazingly brief) comments that will help these students truly improve.Click here to watch the video and read the complete blog post

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