i flopped.

Big Time.  Seriously.  It wasn’t pretty.  But it was a good experience.

 Here’s the scenario —
A classroom of first graders
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Exploding folders filled with stories
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Each story is written across pages
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NO staples
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A weak focus lesson
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Monster Chaos

The teacher took a photo & I must say a picture is worth a thousand words.  As soon as she emails it, I’ll add it to this post.

So what was good?  Well, I recognized that we were out of control and headed downhill in a hurry.  The classroom teacher & I had a quick discussion.  Then she pulled the kids back together for a “midworkshop share” (read: last-ditch-effort-of-pulling-the-plane-out-of-a-nose-dive) and reminded them of the purpose of the workshop. 

In the end their folders were cleaned out and the remaining drafts were stapled.  They had chosen a story they would like to work toward publication (ie:  revision & editing + publishing checklist for approval AND FINALLY the big hurrah of publishing!!!).

And I became a better educator.  Why does it work that way?  When we fail miserably we become stronger teachers?  The classroom teacher & I analyzed the issues, discussed ways to make them better and had a good laugh over it all.  (Aren’t giggles always better than tears?)