Today, I was able to spend time connecting with teachers and administrators as we engaged in conversation about writing instruction. I thoroughly enjoyed the planning time spent with my colleague and fellow writing project TC, as well as the feedback and questions from two great groups of teachers. For me, this opportunity today has reaffirmed the writing project model of professional development ~ teachers teaching teachers. Whether separated by time and space, there are some common experiences that members of a National Writing Project Invitational Summer Institute are sure to have.
- Sacred Writing Time or Writing into the day…
- Teaching Demonstrations
- Writing Groups
- Reading Groups
- Daily Log Reports
- Writing Marathons
Just to name a few of those experiences that Elizabeth and I found we had in common and that we have brought back to our student writers in some capacity. There’s comfort and encouragement in being connected to such an amazing network of talented teachers, and welcoming others to join the conversation.
Today, I talked with teachers who are doing amazing things with writers notebooks, others engaging students through literature response journals, I learned about a new protective case for my iPad, lamented with some teachers about the sheer quantity of content and skills we have to teach our students, and shared a few smiles with the teachers who thought ahead and brought chocolate or told me they liked my jacket!
When I’m able to talk to other teachers and hear the great things they are doing, learn from them, and share a few tools that have served me well in working with students, I feel reinvigorated to continue this daunting work of writing instruction.
This post was written as part of a monthly challenge sponsored by Two Writing Teachers, to encourage writing and community.
The goal is to write a Slice of Life entry each day throughout the month of March.