Teacher to Teacher
Before I started teaching my two small group writing classes at Goodwill Industries of the Miami Valley, Inc., I wanted to be sure that my students would have a say in the structure of the class. I'd taught the class before, but I found that each time the needs of the students were so diverse that creating a classroom situation where they were active participants most of the time was very difficult. The first two times I taught the classes the reading levels of the students ranged from the 4th to the 10th grade, so I felt limited by what reading selections I could use with them. I also found that some of the students seemed to feel out of place because it was very obvious that their reading was not as strong as others. Further, some students were clearly reluctant to share ideas in writing because they didn't feel comfortable with this type of communication.
Copyright © 1996, Ohio Literacy Resource Center
Ohio Literacy Resource Center
Place of Publication
Bardine, Bryan, "Using Pre-Instruction Questionnaires to Improve the Small Group Writing Class" (1996). English Faculty Publications. 72.