How do you make writers feel welcomed?
This time of year thoughts about creating a safe and inviting classroom fill our minds. This is one of my favorite things to think about. Today I shifted the question slightly and began thinking about writers specifically.
How can we make writers feel welcomed?
Here are some ideas I’m tossing around. More importantly, I can’t wait to read your ideas in the comments.
- Introduce the writing center to students and then invite them to make something. For younger writers, have a selection of premade books, for older writers, have paper that will scaffold a variety of genre choices such as: narrative, letters, poetry, graphica, or feature articles.
- Start a writer’s notebook and encourage students to make it personal. Stacey and I have blogged about many ways to help students personalize their notebooks. Here is a link for a writers notebook search I did using the search box in the upper right corner under our header. Some of the best writing advice is: Write what you know. Give students a chance to figure out what they know.
- Give students a chance to talk about their writing lives. Host a few whip shares (everyone sits in a circle and then whip around the circle with everyone giving a short answer) that will get students talking. Some conversation starters may include: What do you like to write about? What is something you are proud of that you’ve written? Why is it important to write? What is the last thing you wrote?