Ruth and I joined up this morning for two workshops: “Where has all the Real Choice Gone? Revisiting an Essential Element in Writing Instruction” and also for “Where Social Justice and School Meet.” We’re going to chat this evening over coffee and cupcakes to talk about the issues that were presented in those sessions, as well as the ones we attended today independent of each other (e.g., “Welcome to the Kidlitosphere: Reading, Reviewing, and Blogging About Children’s Literature”) and will have some posts for you in the next few days once we wrap our minds around everything our brains are absorbing here.
Right now, these are things that are swimming around in my head from the sessions I’ve attended.
We need empower children to have a sense of agency: they need to be reasonably confident that they can do something about a situation. (Loosely quoted from Peter H. Johnston: When you notice something, you’ve gotta do something!)
When planning units of study across the school year, leave ample time for open cycles of writing that students can dictate for themselves.
Talk matters most when it’s a precursor to doing.
How can you inspire others to be literate if you’re not literate yourself?
Start using the weblogs to locate a variety of book reviews from a variety of different points of view.
I am a literacy consultant who has spent over a decade working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grade 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).