Title

Learning to teach through writing with students

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2017

Publication Source

Language and Literacy

Volume

19

Issue

4

Inclusive pages

112-128

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

This article presents a study of how dialogical notes can be used to inform teaching. A total of 43 pre-service teachers were asked to write dialogical notes back and forth with their students for one semester during their practicum in the elementary school. Their notes and reflections were analyzed to see what the pre-service teachers learned about their students through note writing. In addition, the impact of note writing on the pre-service teachers’ teaching was also investigated. This article argues that dialogical notes serve as a viable tool for teachers to know students on a deeper level as well as to plan and adapt their teaching accordingly.

Keywords

Writing, Writing instruction, Dialogical notes, Literacy education

Disciplines

Education | Elementary Education | Language and Literacy Education | Teacher Education and Professional Development