Katherine Bomer never disappoints when she delivers a keynote address or a workshop. I cannot count how many times I’ve been fortunate enough to sit in the audience and soak up the wonderful things she has to say about working with children, honoring them for who they are, and nurturing them as writers.
The keynote address Bomer delivered at the Writing Institute this morning was entitled “What Can We Do About the Kid Who _______?” Dramatic Ways to Help Every Student Shine, Feel Safe, and Desire to Write and Revise and Write Again. Her speech was about working with all kinds of kids who put up a wall and seem resistant to writing. (Those kids range from the one who says “I’m done!” quickly to the one who writes about the same thing over and over again to the child who doesn’t have anything to say.) Bomer presented “big, crazy, radical ideas” to figuring out how to embrace all of the writers in our classroom. Here are my notes from the session, which include her amazing ideas.
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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.