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Is it important that teachers who teach writing actually write?
After reading Write Beside Them, Tara Smith realized she had to connect her teacher and writer identities. No longer would it be enough to share mentor texts and confer. She realized she needed to share her writing life with her students and walk them through her thinking as she wrote.
Today Deb Gaby and I finished leading the third day of a three-day Foundations of Writing Workshop training. At the end, we asked for reflections. Teacher after teacher commented on the impact of adult writing time. In each session, we gave time to write. If we want to learn how to teach writers, it's not… Continue reading Writing Matters
“Let our testimony be our pen.” – Anonymous African American Male from Chicago I found myself rushing to get my lunch from the Reading Terminal Market so I could eat it while listening to Alfred W. Tatum yesterday afternoon. My sandwich landed up sitting in the bag for an hour and 15 minutes since I… Continue reading Tatum: Using the Pen to Rescue to Power
Liza Lee Miller said: Okay . . . here’s a question for you. As a teacher, as a writer, as an artist . . . what is the difference between a Writer’s Workbook and an Art Journal. My mother and sister keep art journals and ephemera is a huge part of that for them. I… Continue reading Writer’s Notebooks, Art Journals, Scrapbooking, Blogs???
One of the initial writer's notebook entries I ask that we create in the BWWT (I'm so sick of typing: Beginning Writing Workshop Training) is to think about our past writing experiences. Yesterday, here's what flowed out of my pen. Please understand this was a quick writing time and in it's raw form: I think I have… Continue reading My Thoughts on Writing.
Literacydetails' Post reminded me of a conversation I had with the student who inspired the SOLSC. He confided in me about a week or so ago. Here's a close approximate of the conversation: I walked into the hallway and saw C standing at his backpack shaking his head. "What's wrong?" I asked. "Ms. Shubitz, I… Continue reading Notebooks
Sometimes I feel that as teachers we are so focused on preparing kids for the next level that we forget what writing can do for them right now. And even more often, we forget what a gift we are giving them by instilling the habit of writing everyday. This weekend my husband's 88 year old grandparents… Continue reading share your stories.
My writing is evolving. I'm beginning to reach the art of just letting it be -- meaning allowing the words to take me and in the process evolve into new ideas. I used to sit down knowing exactly what I want to say and then saying it in a way that was logical, practical, and efficient.… Continue reading ruth’s wn entry: my writing.
The two people who changed my life were both my teachers. Carol Snook Role: 1st Grade Teacher Carol Snook was the most amazing teacher a child could ask for. She celebrated each student and cherished what was unique about each of her 14 kiddos (the year I had her). She insisted that we keep in… Continue reading Stacey’s WN Entry: Two People Who’ve Really Changed My Life
I'm lucky because, you see, I have this constant, little reminder to notice stuff. I live with a toddler who notices the world and points out the wow. Constantly. Walking out the door in the morning: "Venus. Wow. Stars. Wow." Past the Sedum: "Spider. Wow." Every 3 minutes this evening: "Mumpkin Happy. Wow." (We carved him yesterday. … Continue reading have you noticed the wow lately?