I spent the first few weeks of school modeling how to share during “Share Time” at Morning Meeting. I did this so that my students would have a greater sense of how I expect sharing to look.
Every Wednesday, the share theme revolves around the Writer’s Notebook. Every now and then I stick in an entry of mine to share on a Wednesday morning. That’s because I want my kids to see my notebook writing not just during Writing Workshop, but at other points in the day too. Children need to view the scribbles, the cross-outs, and the mistakes, which shows them that their teacher’s writing isn’t perfect from the start either! When teachers open up their notebooks, students can literally view the struggles adult writers deal with so as to realize that, as a child, notebooks are not about perfection.
With the idea of sharing in-mind, why not participate in today’s Slice of Life Story Challenge? This will give you the chance to share your writing with a larger community of writers who always post comments to each other’s blog posts that contain their slice of life stories. All you do is take five – ten minutes to write a short story that is about a slice of your life (i.e., something that happened during your day yesterday or today). Then, challenge yourself to include dialogue and/or rich descriptions as you write. Finally, post it on your blog (or if you don’t have a blog, you can post it as a comment on today’s SOLSC Call by clicking here.)!
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).