Monday, March 2, 2015
Today I had a wonderful opportunity to spend time with kindergarten teachers in our district looking at the triangulation of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. We studied an article written by Nancy Anderson and Connie Briggs on the reciprocity between reading and writing and I was convicted of something I have known for year, but may not be practicing. We cannot put more emphasis in one of these areas over another as our students need a balanced literacy diet. We discussed the fact that struggling readers who do not have the opportunity to write may struggle even more with literacy. We must be explicit in our teaching so that students understand the reciprocal nature of reading and writing. We need to name how reading is like writing and how writing is like reading. I would love feedback from teachers on how they are explicitly teaching this concept to their students. As the article concludes, "When you teach reading and writing together, it is a two-for-one deal - a deal we simply cannot pass up."