Tag Archive: strategies


This is a wonderful posting by Cristina Milos on a collaborative blog put together by Edna Sackson, both regular visitors and commentors on Art of Language.

The reason I have put it on here is because, although it is primarily about inquiry and taking students beyond the facts, it is also very rich in language and in the use of language to unlock and deepen student-thinking. It encapsulates the sentiments that all of our teaching teams expressed about language as a “vehicle for inquiry”.

Click on the image to get to the posting. Please feel free to comment either on here or on the posting itself.

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Bonnie Campbell-Hill’s Writing Continuum is a fantastic resource for  informing teaching and learning. When used on a regular basis it is extremely powerful. It is a part of NISTs language assessment methods.

I would like to achieve two things with this posting:

  1. Get a sense of who is using the Writing Continuum on a regular basis in their classroom.
  2. Encourage all of us to start being honest about what we are doing and not doing in our teaching.

So, I will start. I have been using the Writing Continuum for four years prior to coming to NIST… but have not used it since I have been teaching here as I have been caught up in doing other things.

What about you?

Are you using the Writing Continuum?  If so, how do you use it? If not, why is that?

Conceptual understandings from IB Language Arts Scope and Sequence Document

Image from hatta affendy on Flickr