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
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.
Today my students turned in their narratives. I couldn’t wait to read them, so I began today during my lunch. I was touched by their writing, and impressed by the … Continue Reading Assessing.
This summer I heard Penny Kittle speak about using storyboards. This week I’ve tried them out in classrooms. They aren’t all that different from one of the ways I talk … Continue Reading Storyboards.
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.