I’m a big advocate of letter writing. It is, perhaps, my favorite genre. There’s something about holding a personalized letter in one’s hand that feels special.
A few years ago, Instructor published a list of classroom jobs that were a bit out-of-the-box. This year marks the third year I’ve been using more sophisticated job titles.
Instead of just posting the jobs on a list, I decided to provide each student with a letter of hire informing them of the position they received (They had to fill out job applications.) and reminding them of their responsibilities. These letters of hire will be on each student’s desk when they arrive at school tomorrow morning.
I am a literacy consultant who focuses on writing workshop. I've been working with K-6 teachers and students since 2009. Prior to that, I was a fourth and fifth-grade teacher in New York City and Rhode Island.
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).
I live in Central Pennsylvania with my husband and children. In my free time, I enjoy swimming, doing Pilates, cooking, baking, making ice cream, and reading novels.