Putting thoughts on paper is as essential to academic success as reading and spelling. It is a key product that teachers and professors use to assess learning. However, writing can be challenging for some kids so they will avoid it.
Imagine the ease of knowing what you want to say and envisioning how it will all be organized on paper before picking up a pen or putting fingers to the keyboard. How much more enjoyable would writing be? These two components are essential for developing written composition skills.
These key components revolve around developing one’s ability to dual-code, or shift back and forth between concept images and words, and then putting those words on paper. Once a mental rendering of what one wants to say is completed, graphic organizers are used to help plan and organize the structure of the writing. The writing is then appraised and revised as needed. With this approach, students can simplify the process of writing and have the necessary tools to improve their written work–saving their time and energy for creativity.
With the right tools and processes, writing is so much more fun! Check out this personal narrative written by Henry, a recent student who attended sessions at Langsford for writing. He had a lot of fun with this piece and you can tell!