November 18, 2016

Word Chunk Team Game!

Everyone loves the WCTG, especially me!  Today I took French Two to the computer lab so that they could listen to the story of the two Canadian boys and write in English (L1) what they heard.  I re-told the story to them, repeating each part twice and then pausing for them to write or type in English what they understood.  Most students were able to write almost 100% of the details.  Those who were not (about four out of 38 kids) I was able to speak to them individually about their listening skills.  The ones who did not get all the story were the ones who tend to zone out in class.  It is nice to have evidence to show them that their attentiveness and listening skills affect their understanding which will affect their language development.

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About Lanny Ball

For more than 23 years, Lanny has taught, coached, presented, staff developed, and consulted within the exciting and enigmatic world of literacy. With unyielding passion and belief in the possibility of workshop teaching, Lanny has worked to support students, teachers, and school administrators around the country in outgrowing themselves as both writers and readers. Working first as a classroom teacher, then as a coach and TCRWP Staff Developer, Lanny is now a literacy and reading consultant in Northwestern Connecticut. Outside of literacy, he enjoys raising his three ambitious young daughters with his wife, and playing the piano. Find him on this blog, as well as on Twitter @LannyBall. Lanny is also a co-author of a blog dedicated to supporting teachers and coaches that maintain classroom writing workshops,

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