“A teacher’s job ...is always to bridge from the known to the new .... Our job is not to wish that students knew more or knew differently. Our job is to turn students’ knowledge and the diversity of knowledge we encounter into a curricular strength rather than an instructional inconvenience.
- How confident are learners?
- What are their attitudes about reading and writing?
- What do they prefer to read and write about in our workshops?
- Do they read and write with purpose?
- Do they have a sense of story?
- Is there a match between literacies (is there a match between what they know in reading and writing, or a difference between the two)?
- What oral language structures do they use (do these carry over to their writing)?
- Do they monitor and self-correct?
- What is their experience with books, writing, and story?
- What strategies do they have in place for reading and writing?
- What do they know about letters and words?