The Lower Primary Classroom Experience at W@W
The cheerful chirping of students excited to share details about their lives marks the start of a typical Lower Primary class at W@W. Once students are seated, there is some light conversation between students and teacher about what happened during the week and whether the students have read their stories, along with a cacophony of conversation between good friends who have gone one week without seeing one another.
The W@W teacher hands out previous compositions which have already been marked, reminding the students to give their test papers along with the feedback to their parents and bring the papers back next week with their parents’ signature on them. It is important for parents to see what their children have been doing in class, and they will receive regular updates on their progress, along with any other feedback their W@W teachers have for them.
Every week, students are asked about school assignments they need to complete, or any compositions they have been working on in school. The W@W teacher always keeps up with the students’ progress in school so that they can assist the student in brainstorming ideas for any compositions they may be trying to write. Students are always free to bounce off ideas with their teacher and class if there is a title of composition they need inspiration for.
Before students start the lesson, it is important to carry out Revising and Recapping to remember the previous week’s lesson. Revising and recapping is an essential part of lessons at W@W as it ensures continuity in students’ learning. To retain their knowledge of key phrases to use during their compositions, students must read their compositions again so they remember details of the plots, characters, and settings they have written before.
The teachers at W@W usually either start or end the class with Revise and Recap, so that students will remember to go home and read their stories again during the week. The Revise and Recap sessions are sometimes used as icebreakers to kick off the lesson and facilitate discussion amongst students who may be warming up to contributing during class.
The typical Lower Primary classroom is always filled with excited chatter, and the W@W patiently tells the class to settle down before launching into the topic for the day – it is about a birthday party ruined by a family’s misbehaving pets. Some pictures related to the topic at hand are shown on the screen, and the students in class are asked to analyse the pictures to see whether they can include relevant details in their composition.
For example, the teacher says, if the pictures show a boy crying because his cake has been smashed by the fighting dog and cat, then it should be described accordingly in the student’s composition. The students are then advised to write the story according to the series of pictures, highlighting the topic of the question and adding more elaboration to the story, such as by including more “feeling” phrases to describe the emotions the boy felt when his party was ruined.
After that, the students are guided through the entire plot of the conclusion, wrapping up with a satisfying conclusion to the story – the boy had another cake waiting in the wings after all, despite the first ruined cake upsetting him and putting a damper on his birthday party.
Composition Writing Time
At the end of the lesson, students are given the opportunity to write their own compositions within a certain period, such as half an hour. Students will be able to use the phrases and plot structure they have learned in class to craft their very own composition according to the question prompt, handing it in before they go home for the day.
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1. What Does a Writing Teacher Do?
At W@W, a writing teacher will teach students how to approach an essay using a Plot Curve. The teacher will guide students’ essay writing skills to find a plot that makes sense, craft characters with good motivations and believable actions, and wrap up the essay satisfyingly.
2. Can You Make a Career Out of Creative Writing?
Being a creative writer can yield a career of writing for advertising purposes or teaching writing to students. Writing is a highly important skill which is essential in employment, and being able to craft a piece of work using logic and eloquence can be trained from young.
3. What Makes a Good Writing Teacher?
A good writing teacher will be sensitive to their students’ needs as they will be able to tell how a student learns things best. Furthermore, a good writing teacher will correct students’ basic English language skills such as grammar, vocabulary, and sentence structure.
4. Why Should I Be a Writing Tutor?
Being a writing tutor is valuable as you get to impart valuable skills of your own to your students. Furthermore, teaching writing provides another perspective and you may learn new things while teaching your students, such as about how your students learn a particular subject.
5. When is the Best Time to Teach a Child to Write?
Children start reading and being able to spell before they enter primary school. By Primary 2, children will be able to craft a narrative or a short piece of writing. Writing skills can be developed in early primary school and honed further when a child approaches Primary.
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