Big Picture Series: It’s a Wrap . . . Or Is It?

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Does anyone else feel as though there wasn’t a holiday break?  I, for one, was thankful for the Big Picture Series on reflective practice.  It is good to have a reminder from time to time about taking a critical look at one’s practice and analyzing it for the good, the needs-improvement, and the down-right ugly.  Although the week long series has concluded, that doesn’t mean we have to stop reflecting on our practice.  You have a solid start — either in a reflective practice journal or on your blog . . . my challenge for you is to keep going.  Each day write down a few of your thoughts about the teaching of writing; something that went well; and something that you’d like to improve or think about more.  It is this pause in our day that does more to make us better teachers than anything else we could possibly do with the fifteen minutes it takes to reflect on our practice.

Below you will find a “round up” of the Big Picture Series:  Reflective Practice.

Monday:  Conferring:  “Teach the writer, not the writing.”  — D. Graves or D. Murrary (Note:  Earlier this week I gave Lucy Calkins credit for this quote.  Someone reminded me that he thought it was Graves or Murrary, to which I remember Penny saying it was one of them, but she wasn’t sure which.  The very first time I learned about Writing Workshop, I watched a video of Lucy Calkins, who quoted this, which is where the confusion came.)

Tuesday:  Teacher as Writer: “If you are not a writer, you will not understand the difficulties of writing. If you are not a writer, you will not know the fears and hopes of the writers you teach.”  – Mem Fox

Wednesday:  Caring for Students:  “What children take home in their heads and hearts is much more important than what they take home in their hands.” – Bev Bos

Thursday:  Topic Choice: “Write what makes you happy.”  — O. Henry

Friday:  Celebration: “Most people search high and wide for the key to success. If they only knew, the key to their dreams lies within.” –George Washington Carver

So even though the week long series is over, it could just be the beginning of reflective practice for 2009.