Everything she said made absolutely sense to me, but I had never broken it down to the degree she had. I had always put the emphasis on the writing, not the picture, when in fact, to some degree, it needs to be the other way around!
On Friday, I took her idea and put it into action.
Firstly I was amazed at the creative ability of the children in my class. I know I have been teaching them for 14 weeks now, but never had I said, draw in grey lead first - amazing! Usually I get blue people, scribble and no facial expressions. Here are a few I love...
Then we coloured it in.
(I loved the colourful snow!)
To explain - my teaching partner from last year broke his foot and he can't do much at the moment - we decided to make him a book of him doing all his favourite things to cheer him up - waterskiing, snowboarding, playing basketball and teaching.
Some children had a go at writing words themselves, other's copied directly from the board!
I was so happy how they turned out - I will definitely be using this strategy a lot more often!
Thank you Paula!