Instructional Strategies

One of the first things we do with children when they being to write, is to give them letters to trace. The child is able to practice forming the shapes of the letters before they do it on their own. When they do have to do it on their own, they can begin by copying someone else’s letters. After they have had practice with both of these techniques they should be able to start generating writing pieces on their own. These techniques usually begin with a familiar word for the child – their name.

It is important that instructional tasks have a purpose. When a student finds importance in the task and understands the benefits of the task they are more likely to enjoy and excell in the task. The task should also be the type of tex that is not generally found in the classroom. Writing a letter to someone they look up to is more likely to produce better results than asking the students to write an essay about a historical figure.

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