Does Mighty Writer work with Talk4Writing?
The short answer is yes.
A better question is why does Mighty Writer work with Talk4Writing when – on the surface at least – they appear to be fundamentally different approaches to literacy.
It’s a valid question. One (Mighty Writer) visualises the writing process. The other uses imitation and transcription.
One is not better than the other, they are just different.
How Mighty Writer Works
It is designed to make teaching the writing process incredibly simple but – more significantly – it is designed to make the process of learning how to be a writer incredibly simple.
After all, there is little value in having a method that’s easy to deliver but hard to understand.
It allows teachers and children to explore and rehearse the skills, knowledge and understanding that combine together to make a writer.
For those children who respond best to visual or interactive based learning approaches it is ideal because they get to see the icon that corresponds to the idea in their minds and the physically place it into the story.
How Mighty Writer Works with Talk4Writing
Although we have no official affiliation with Talk4Writing, the tool methods naturally complement each other. The process of oral story telling works seamlessly with Mighty Writer which in turn supports transcribing. Because Mighty Writer is essentially everything in one place it naturally works alongside whatever you already use to teach writing.
The reason for this is simple: no matter the approach or methodology, what children need to know in order to become great writers is constant.
Getting the Most out of you Children
Children are always at their best when the teaching method suits their preferred learning style. This isn’t always easy in a class of 30 or more which is why combining approaches can often yield the best results.
However, providing the child is engaged, motivated, the exercise is fun and they experience success, the method or methods are incidental.
Where Mighty Writer really comes into its own is by developing a child’s:
- Confidence in generating and sharing ideas
- Ability to speak in sentences
- Understanding of sequencing
- Creation of sentences
- Understanding of story structure
- Skill of reviewing and editing
- Fiction and non-fictional writing
Mighty Writer develops children’s ability to build memory and recall and apply key skills and knowledge through its use of images and symbols, its tactile nature and its use of colour.
Within this structured approach teachers can adapt it completely to the needs of their class and what they are focusing on.
Children exhibit a high degree of concentration, understanding and independence when working with Mighty Writer.
‘Once children learn how to learn, nothing is going to narrow their mind. The essence of teaching is take make learning contagious, to have one idea spark another.’
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