I have learned from Meghan Hargrave, “Hold tight to what we know works and let go of concerns that we can’t control.”
“Let me tell you a story…” are some of the first words that make their way out of my mouth and into the imaginations of students who don’t quite know what to think of me at the start of the year. They come in cautious. In a few days, they will come to school carrying far beyond the simple feeling of cautiousness. They will, many of them, bring with them fear, worry, and anxiety. #TWTBlog
Seen, Valued, Heard: The Riskiness and Power of Teaching Personal Narrative Writing at the Start of the Year
How do you build a community of writers at the start of the year who can trust each other with their stories? And how can you do that in a hybrid or distance learning model?
At the start of April, students around the world began the journey of storytelling, connecting them to each other, teachers, and families in important and meaningful ways. Students are writing during this historic month of April, as we all live history through a global pandemic.
Are you writing stories, or band-aids? Read on to find out.
Ever since I read this post by Katie Kraushaar, I’ve been thinking about personal narrative and wondering why it is that students, particularly in middle elementary grades and beyond, are sometimes less … Continue Reading Shaking Up Personal Narrative
I’ve been thinking about why young writers struggle with personal narrative and realistic fiction writing.
When it’s time to publish, the classroom teacher has many decisions to consider!
Last Thursday, I endeavored to explain writing workshop to parents in my district at Parent University. As I drove home after the presentation, I felt unsettled, like there had been a gap in what the parents were hoping to learn and what I delivered. What would you be sure to include in a presentation to parents on writing workshop?
Beth’s recent post inspired me to launch personal narratives by thinking about our feelings first.
When I first left the classroom to become a staff developer in New York City, I had to learn quickly to adjust to new schools, and new groups of teachers. I worked hard to have open conversations with the teachers I worked with, where teachers could ask anything. “No such thing as a bad question!” But there was one phrase that I dreaded. Four words that left me with no idea how to respond.
Sometimes making a small change can produce big results.
“There is nothing permanent except change.” – Heraclitus As a child, I didn’t know much about change. I moved from Brooklyn to New Jersey when I was a baby. I … Continue Reading Change & Personal Narratives
I’m getting ready for Family-Teacher Conferences tomorrow. As I do, I’m putting together folders for each family, which includes the following things: A reading & word work assessment profile with … Continue Reading Kids As Mentors
I mapped out the way my students could go through the Quick Publish Process today. (They have today and tomorrow to quickly publish a personal narrative before we begin our … Continue Reading “Time Line” for On-Demand Assessments
I just put together a list of character traits for my students, ranking them as positive, negative, or a mix between the two for an upcoming character study unit we’re … Continue Reading Character Traits
Student Reflection Sheet for Personal Narratives Originally uploaded by teachergal I updated the Personal Narrative Page on the Two Writing Teachers Website to include a student reflection sheet and an … Continue Reading Publishing Personal Narratives
Ruth and I spoke at-length this summer about the benefits and detriments of starting off the school year with memoir, as opposed to beginning with personal narrative. While my colleagues … Continue Reading “So What?”
I’ve found that my demonstrations run a little long if I’m not adequately prepared. When I say “not adequately prepared,” I mean that if I don’t have recent writing to … Continue Reading Keeping Demonstrations Fresh
In many of the classrooms I’m working in, we are moving into a Personal Narrative study. I asked teachers to gather books they would like to use to anchor their teaching. … Continue Reading Personal Narrative Texts.