Tomorrow is the first “real” day of Writing Workshop in my classroom. My students will be mapping their hearts. Hence, I decided that I will also conduct our first, of many, structured shared sessions. I’ve been grappling with doing a process share or a progress share (Mermelstein, Don’t Forget to Share, 2007). Neither one perfectly fits the creation of heart mapping, but I’ve gotta try one of them!
EDITED, 9/11/08 at 5:19 a.m.: After sleeping on it and e-mailing with Ruth, I’ve decided to do a Gallery Walk and then ask a couple of kids some pointed questions, which include:
• What’s the most important part of your heart map?
• What does __________ mean?
• How will you know what to do when you don’t know what to write about?
• I liked the way you…
• How do you think you can continue the work you started today?
Hence, I’m not doing a progress or a process share, per se. We shall see how it goes.
Literacy Consultant. Author. Former 4th and 5th Grade Classroom Teacher.