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It Takes a Village to Raise a Writer

Posted on by Misook Kimura

How would you like almost all of your students to pass the state writing test? There is a school in southern California that is doing just that. At Euclid Elementary School in Ontario-Montclair Unified School District, at least 95% of all 4th graders have passed the state writing test, and more and more students have been receiving perfect scores for 4 consecutive years in a row.

Thinking Maps Results for English Language Learners

Did I also mention that over 80% of the student population are English language learners?
What is their secret?
All the teachers are visually showing their students how to think. Teaching students how to think is just as common as seeing students line up for recess at this school. Each teacher, starting in kindergarten, has taken responsibility to have all their 4th graders pass the state writing test. Thinking Maps, Write From the Beginning and Beyond, as well as Path to Proficiency have been implemented school-wide. Not only do you see evidence of implementation of Thinking Maps, you see it blended into everyday instruction and in all content areas, not just writing.  
What you will also see are the 4th grade teachers teaming together to teach specific content. Ms Otero, the “writing teacher” for the entire 4th grade class, is so proud of her students and should be recognized for all her hard work. She credits her colleagues in the primary grades for establishing a strong foundation in writing. In essence, it took 5 teachers over 5 years to provide quality writing instruction for all her students. What a collaborative staff!

2 Responses to It Takes a Village to Raise a Writer

Monica Ayala says: October 11, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Yes indeed! It does take a Village to Raise a Writer! Here at Euclid Elementary, our dedicated and hard-working teachers are all cognizant and conscientious about their 1/13th! They make no excuses about what their students walk in knowing…Instead, they see the potential and possibilities for our students. All of our wonderful K-6th grade PLC’s are equipped with the tools to make instruction comprehensible (Thinking Maps, Path to Proficiency, Comprehension Strategies for Constructing Meaning, & WFTB & B) and just roll up their sleeves and work as a family to ensure that all students meet their potential and achieve grade level goals. In essence, they know what is expected in their grade level, and work towards making sure that students will be successful in the following grade level. Thus creating a “village” of writers! Thank you, Euclid teachers for ALL that YOU do!!!

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Mini-me of Biggie-me says: October 11, 2012 at 2:28 pm

I wish other schools are working together like that. Not everything has to be a competition!

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