I just startled my husband by shouting aloud as I discovered my blog had been nominated for Best New Blog in the Edublogs awards! I remember looking at all the inspirational blogs in last year’s awards (just as I started on twitter!) and being inspired to start my own – the inspiration helped me realize it would help solve two problems I was finding:

  • I kept running out of space to express myself in the 140 characters allowed by Twitter
  • I needed a way to remember what I was doing!

Blogging has proved to be a tremendously powerful reflective tool, as well as a record of what has been going on in my class and cpd.  It’s been a useful way for me to record my notes.

What has surprised me is how many others are interested in reading it too – but if my mistakes and/or successes help someone else in their own practice so they don’t have to reinvent the same wheels, then I am more than happy to share what I have been doing and what I have been learning.

SO thank you. Thank you for reading my posts. Thank you to all who have encouraged and supported – even taking the time to comment. Thank you to whoever nominated the blog. I feel extremely honored and it is just the icing on the cake of what has been, for me, a truly amazing year – my best year ever, professionally speaking.

Let me tell you something more about my teaching experiences: research has indicated that before young children enter school, they have left their earliest writing marks on wet park benches and foggy windows of automobiles. Other researchers have noted that the scribbles of children as young as eighteen months are the first signs of written communication.

Some researchers have proposed a model that “authoring facilitates learning.” Reading and writing support learning because both involve authoring and both rely on the processing of ideas through

  • Origination – the construction stage
  • Negotiation – the keep going stage
  • Revision – the fix-up stage

Probably nowhere else along the learning continuum are reading and writing meshed together so thoroughly as in the emergent reading stage when children are just beginning to develop the idea that what is said can be written down, and what is written down can be read by ourselves and others.Hansen also sees writing as the foundation of reading and perhaps the most basic way to learn about reading. “When writers read, they use insights they have acquired when they compose….When our students write, they learn how reading is put together because they do it. They learn the essence of print.”