When I first began coaching, Barb Bean and I worked together. Throughout the year, we were intentional about immersing students in the kind of writing they were making. Often this meant genre, but sometimes it was a particular author or craft move. During her poetry unit, Barb brought in a pack of Oreos and some milk. In her minilesson, she taught that writers DUNK themselves in what they are planning to make. For work time, they dunked themselves in poetry (and dunked their Oreos in milk), gaining a sense of the genre.
When Dina Coverstone sent me an email last week, saying her class has been immersed in poetry, simply reading and exploring the genre, I remembered the Oreos. Yesterday, I grabbed a pack of Oreos, slapped a note on it, and left it on Dina’s desk. I could hear Dina’s smile in the email she sent me later, planning to use the Oreos in today’s writing workshop.
Now if you’ve been a long time reader, you know I’m not big on fancy lessons. However, from time to time they really make a punch. In fact, as an adult, Barb’s lesson years ago still sticks with me as a reminder to always dunk myself in what I’m going to write. What I’m realizing, is as a coach, I have the ability to support teachers in their minilessons by leaving a note + goodies (or supplies) when I’m aware of the needs of their students.
How have you approached immersing your students in the kind of writing they are making?
Unhurried. Finding the magic in the middle of living. Capturing a life of ridiculous grace + raw stories.