Collecting Data

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How do I balance choice and structure in Writer’s Workshop to foster passionate writers—no matter what their writing skills and reading capabilities?

The data that I will collect and analyze will be primarily anecdotal. I will know I’ve done my job when the children in the classroom like writing, feel successful, and see themselves as writers. In addition to analyzing the writing that is done, I will need to keep careful notes about what children are saying and doing, how they approach Writer’s Workshop each day, and their levels of engagement. Another very useful and helpful source of information will be parents – asking them how their child feels about writing at home: Does your child like to write at home? What does he/she like to write about? How do you support or encourage his/her writing at home?

For those of you taking time to read this post… Thank you! 🙂 – and please comment with some of the following ideas:

  • In what ways do you collect and organize data (observations) from your classroom? 
  • What do you do with this data? 
  • Do you have a routine for collecting data? 
  • How do you solicit information from families?

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