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 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).