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Classroom Research

I think I finally formulated the question I am going to use to guide the teacher-research I’m going to do in the months to come. It is:

What kinds of things can I do to nurture the writing habits for the students in my class who do not write regularly?

Out of all of the questions I wrote earlier this week, this one interests me the most, is measurable, and will be easy for data collection.
And now… I have to talk to my students about their writing process and writing habits so I can begin to formulate some sub-questions that will lead me to figure out what I can do to nurture positive writing habits for those kids who really don’t write without an external push (be it a parent or the fact that it’s assigned for homework).

If you have any insight or thoughts about the research I’m about to embark on, please leave a comment!

Stacey Shubitz View All

I am a literacy consultant who has spent the past dozen years working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grades K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.

I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).

2 thoughts on “Classroom Research Leave a comment

  1. I highly recommend timed writing for fluency. Have the students write
    for 3 minutes non-stop. They must keep writing, even if it is “blah,
    blah, blah”. Spelling and punctuation don’t count. Then students
    count their words (nonsense words do not count) and record on a bar
    graph. This procedure helps prime the pump for reluctant writers
    or perfectionistic students. Although content is not important for this
    exercise, many students find that they produce great first drafts when
    freed of other restrictions.

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