When the COVID-19 crisis hit, probably like many of us, I sought out voices of hope. For me personally, I knew one of those voices would be Cornelius Minor. I knew him to be the kind of teacher with the capacity to help us all see things in a new way during this unfamiliar period of virtual teaching. Fortunately, I was able to reach him by text. We sat down recently on a Zoom call to discuss his views on teaching remotely, his book, and a way forward.
Whether students choose to express themselves in the form of writing prose, poetry or creating a video, the choice belongs to the writer.
As we set off to create writers who write in tandem with the printed world and the digital world there are a few we need to consider.
Think about the writer and making the writer better. What are the needs of a writer? What opportunities does technology offer to make the writer better?
Kids are inundated by rules. If the gift of writing is freedom of expression, are we imposing too many “rules” on writers? What if the rules of every genre, like poetry, were limited to just two or three?
How can we let writing be part of a “soft start” for students instead of making them complete joyless worksheets? How do your students start the day or class period? Please join the conversation!
As educators, we need to take ownership of our teaching. If you think your tried and true lessons are lackluster, change them. Start with looking at your students and asking yourself, what do my students need? What are their strengths? Next, look at the VERBS in your standards. Precisely what is it your students need to master in this unit? Finally, embrace the art of teaching, follow their lead.
As I opened my classroom door Friday I knew we would be writing a poem for Mother’s Day. I was feeling a bit guilty about the ease and maybe the lack of thought that I had put into the gift this year. As I switched on the lights and straightened books, I thought about Wonderopolis. I entered Mother’s Day in the search box and found a wonder on Mother’s Day and an invitation to dive into Writing Maker Space!
Have you lost your muse? Create Now is the kind of book you need to help you transform your creative process and get you inspired to write.
I have plans, big plans, for my third grader writers this year. Topping the list is helping them to become bloggers.
Each year for the past nineteen years, the International Reading Association has published a list of What’s Hot and What’s Not in literacy education in their magazine, Reading Today. The list … Continue Reading Creative Writing is Not Hot
I’m excited to share Franki Sibberson’s latest project with you. SOLVE IT YOUR WAY! is an innovative project to encourage creative problem solving and collaborate with others around the globe. … Continue Reading Solve It Your Way
Just a reminder, for those of you that signed up and will be joining Ruth and I (and probably 50,000 other people), that the Stories in Hand Class begins tomorrow. … Continue Reading S.I.H. Class Starts Tomorrow
This afternoon, I’m going to teach a Social Studies Lesson about voting I found on Scholastic.com. It’s a lesson about having kids persuade adults to vote in a non-partisan way. … Continue Reading A Little Copywriting
Ruth gave me a copy of Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith when I arrived in Indiana. Essentially, the purpose of this book is to explore “creative destruction,” which is … Continue Reading The wrecking has begun!
Hummos, Pita, and Turkish Apricots Originally uploaded by teachergal Mini Courses began yesterday at my school. I landed up having eight kids in my handmade card making mini course. I … Continue Reading SOLSC: Mini Courses
One of the Two Handmade SOLSC Scrapbooks Originally uploaded by teachergal I enlisted myself for the preservation of my four students’ Slices of Life (i.e., the ones who completed all … Continue Reading Scrapbooks for the Slicers
I like challenging myself and my students with their writing. So… in honor of National Poetry Month, I thought about creating a week-long poetry challenge since I’d like to create … Continue Reading POETRY CHALLENGE
I was talking to Ruth yesterday and realized I needed a place to “showcase” (I put that in quotes because I think it’s a bit ridiculous to use that word … Continue Reading Celebrating My Artsy Side
I’ve been a writing coach for four years now. My arm was gently twisted at the end of the school year when I was planning on looping my seventh graders … Continue Reading a special space.