I had the pleasure of spending a couple of hours at P.S. 171, my old school, yesterday when I was in NYC taking care of some wedding planning. During the time I was there, I attended the Kindergarteners first publishing party in Tiffany Colon (one of my former student teachers) and Kim Ciccone’s Class. I walked in while Tiffany and Kim were modeling how writers share their work with other people. (See the poster that was used, as a reference, at the top of this post.) They were doing a brilliant job of showing their students how to listen actively while someone else in their group was sharing.
I sat with a group of three children (One of whom has older sisters in 7th and 8th grade who were both my former students. What a treat it was to listen to her share her story when just three years ago she was in a stroller with her twin brother!) who followed suit and did exactly what Tiffany and Kim modeled for them. Each of the three read the text they wrote on the page and then used the pictures to succinctly retell their small moment story to me. Looking around the classroom, I noticed other students doing the same thing (talk about great teacher modeling) within their groups. Therefore, it’s extremely safe to say that the first Publishing Party of the school year was a huge success for these budding writers. (The sharing of the writing was followed by some snacks. What Kindergartener wouldn’t want to work hard going-forward after tasting how sweet success in writing feels after such a great Publishing Party!??!)
I am a literacy consultant who has spent the past dozen years working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grades K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.
I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).