yes, they take product to booth.
I started with WS. tried to like it. wanted to use it before I knew MFW existed. so that tells you it's a long time ago... in a galaxy far away...
hated it. couldn't do it. Oh, who would ever use this stuff! blah!
Right? (well. It gets better.. my oldest did WS 3-first half of book 6 so I went back to it. but....
Reflecting back, I realize I was a clueless teacher and had no idea how to teach writing. I wouldn’t have done well with any of the programs. It's funny... on some discussions on some forums, people claim that all you need to be is a native speaker of a language and that makes you best qualified to teach that subject to others. So, why couldn't I as a native speaker of English teach how to communicate in it? (oh... oops.. that's because it's a flawed premise to begin with!, but I digress right now....
so I set down WS 3. ok, I probably sold it for 25 cents to someone.
bought it a 2nd time.... I really wanted to use WS. I could go all spiritual on you and say "I felt God told me to try it again and just use all of mfw recommendations" but that's only part of the reason. it did happen... but...
just the summer before that prayer communication... ooh.. all of my friends were raving over IEW. So, I did the local cool thing... I got it. I waited and did go back to WS...per God's gentle prompting....
Here are things that I like and learned from IEW that helped me to be a better teacher using Writing Strands
http://www.excellenceinwriting.com/file ... andout.pdf
I liked the idea of IEW with "this is how to improve and vary your sentences". add words to describe it better.... (oh, wait, you mean that lesson is in WS 3 as well?) and don't start all of your sentences like dick and jane...
in retrospect, I did not really click with the idea in IEW of "key word outlining" from a model in order to teach paragraph structure for long term. Other people LOVE it! so I stopped using IEW
I think WS covers more kinds of writing. IEW is nice too. served a season for me.
other people like the writing with ease, or similar title....
Most common problems with WS that I’ve heard.
Has a feel of lack of hand holding to encourage you if you’re doing the right thing.
IEW on the other hand – has very structured check list. Ah Ha! I did everything on a list so it must be ok.
But it really wasn’t the checklist in IEW that gave me confidence. It was hearing IEW guy give talks and those outlines I linked above.
Oh, you mean it’s ok to help them when they are stuck. Oh. Ok. blush.
It’s ok to do “double dictation” as it is called.
Student says something
Teacher writes it down
Student copies their own words
Together they edit.
In spite of continuing on with WS, I still wanted so much to use IEW since it was on my shelf. But I just thought, why? MFW has notebooking. We have “source material” if we need to model for paragraph structure. I can help her vary sentence structure and use fancier words.
So those got sold.
Well.. that’s it really. I planned to say more, but that’s enough. blah... here's comes that rainy day feeling again....