|Kristine Mraz's brilliant idea|
- I need your feedback on a section of my piece
- Our group would really like to work on a writing strategy with you (slow down time, speed time up, show not tell, effective dialogue, developing characters, taking good research notes, etc.)
- I would like to share a short piece or a small section of my writing on Friday.
|My version of Kristine's idea|
The students were asked to put Post-it notes under one of the categories that would best help them as a writer when a need arose. My initial thinking was about the autonomy this would give students; the power of having them ask for what they need as writers would be terrific. This board went into place the day after the #NCTE Twitter chat, and in my humble opinion, has been a huge success.
While I still have strategy groups or conferences that are on my radar as a writing teacher, students are now asking for the assistance they need as writers to get them past a particular roadblock to which they may have come. The focus and the industry of our writing workshop has changed dramatically, especially this last week, as this new routine became a more solid part of our workshop. Truth in advertising, this was also the first 5 day week I've worked since December (more on that in a later slice), but I think it's more than that.
I think this chart I borrowed and remixed from Kristine has allowed students a voice as writers that they might not have had before when I was the only one directing which students I would meet with each day. Now, we have a more democratic way of helping writers, where everyone has a voice.
Thanks so much to the ladies at Two Writing Teachers blog for hosting the Slice of Life Challenge! I look forward to catching up on many lives this month.