COE student mentors and elementary school pupils go to a Writing Party

Graduate and undergraduate students in Education 497I, Tutoring in Schools, recently joined pupils from Mark’s Meadow Elementary School’s After School day care program in a Writing Party.

“A writing party is an interactive, cross-age writing experience where individuals of different ages write together,” said Dr. Robert Maloy, senior lecturer in the Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies. Dr. Maloy and lecturer Sharon Edwards have held writing parties at schools and after-school programs all around the state.

“A writing party demonstrates the creative power of writing as a means of personal self-expression, as well as the importance of adults supporting children’s writing by serving as writing partners,” said Dr. Maloy. “We wanted the University students in our course to understand that improving writing by K-12 students means active involvement by teachers and tutors.”