Literacy Thrives in Speaking and Listening

Language arts has always been what I love to teach the most. I love teaching the love and reading and the skill of writing, but I equally feel speaking and listening is important when getting a balanced literacy approach in place. Students must be able to listen to others, as well as articulate their own thinking in ways that others can see and understand. To say the least I believe this is something we must work on with students alongside the reading and writing component of our literacy instruction.

Last month, I worked on listening and speaking lessons with first grade using Toontastic focusing on story elements through creating their very own digital story. I used @iThinkWrite headphones and discovered so much about teaching little ones speaking and listening.

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