It is our intention that teachers in WWP would be having students handwrite only the grade 6 cold write. We do this so that the assessment is about their writing and not their typing skills. That may change in the future depending on student’s abilities especially as more have had opportunities to work with laptops in grade 5, but this is not the case everywhere.
After that grade 6 cold write we ask that teachers have the students do their rough drafts, editing, and final drafts on the computer. There are many very good strategies for pre-writing, writing, editing, peer-editing etc, that we expect are done on the computer. If you need help with these please get in touch with Toni about a session.
We would expect that classrooms would be using the laptops 2-3 hours per day late winter for writing or other curricular uses.