I wanted to see which ones of my students were interested in working with me on my action research project (as focal children). Every kid in my class said they would like to. So, I had them answer some questions to help me hone-in on which kids would be good to work with for my project. (I’m still fiddling with the guiding question… TBA tonight or tomorrow.) Here’s what I asked my kids to respond to this afternoon:
1. Why do you write?
2. Do you write better at home or at school? Explain.
3. What do you think about when you write?
4. Would you be willing to give up one recess/lunch period every week to meet with me and a small group of other students from this class?
5. Would you be willing to do a little extra writing work?
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).