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There are various factors that foster motivation among children; for instance, making real-world connections when teaching. It is important that teachers create a classroom that motivates children to be engaged. When children are more engaged they are more academically successful.
Children write letters to each other and to their teacher. These letters also get to go home with the children at the end of the day. I love the creativity of this activity, it is an engaging way to encourage students to practice their writing. Also, I think it is a way to foster a sense of community and friendship in the classroom.

Classroom Mailbox // Pre K - Grade 1 // Motivation for Literacy // Writing Processes & Strategies // Text Structures & Genres // Writing Conventions

This board is a visual portfolio of students writing, it showcases their writing progress throughout the year. It allows children to revisit their work and think metacognitively about their own learning. It also gives teachers an opportunity to assess their students learning thus far and to think about the next steps for their students and for their own teaching practice in that particular subject area.

Assessment: Portfolios are always important in terms of tracking progress in students learning. A motivating factor of the wizard wall is the ability to show classmates creative expression in addition to literacy progress

I appreciate that the teacher writes a letter to each student and encourages them to write something about themselves and share it with her. Some children may like to share elements of their life with others and thus they are more engaged and motivated. As an extension, these lived stories can be used to practice fluency and expression, oral language skills and can be used to start an inquiry (ex. social studies/social justice).

--> This Fifth/Sixth Grade virtual tour shows just what literacy can look like with high quality, engaging, and creative literacy activities.

I like that this centre is an engaging way to encourage students to read and learn about text structures. They can make connections between what they are reading and the materials/props that the teacher chooses to display (in this case a globe). Moreover, keeping diversity in mind, children co-choosing the books with their teacher and having a say regarding the materials being displayed would add to their engagement with this centre.

INSTRUCTION: Incorporate a literacy corner that includes both fiction and non-fiction texts. Can also decorate the corner monthly to have a motivating reading atmosphere that is relevant to the themes/stories being read in the class at that time.

The teacher reads the story and uses props (ex. teddy bear) while she reads. The children then create their own stuffed teddy bears and write their own teddy bear stories. I think that this activity is effective in helping children be motivated to read, write, and be creative because it uses visuals and arts and crafts, it appeals to more than one of their senses.

The Balance Literacy Diet - Melissa Institute Literacy Website - Developed at and hosted by Ontario Studies in Education - University of Toronto Great PD and lots of ideas by grade.

I love that students get to take pictures of things around the school that they are interested in and then write about it. I also appreciate the fact that children are encouraged to write what they can (as a teacher we know that this means they are writing at their ability level). Furthermore, teachers can look at what the children are writing, and this can inform the guidance they provide to their students.

I love that students get to take pictures of things around the school that they are interested in and then write about it. I also appreciate the fact that children are encouraged to write what they can (as a teacher we know that this means they are writing at their ability level). Furthermore, teachers can look at what the children are writing, and this can inform the guidance they provide to their students.

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