In all of my APSIs this summer, I went on and on about helping our students think of themselves as writers. We also talked about seeing ourselves as writers. and how that can change how we talk about writing with our students.
Years ago, a literacy consultant at my local ISD asked me to write for our county's literacy blog. I was horrified. I could NEVER! She was persistent, though, so I did. It was terrifying and stressful that first time because I was certain that as an English teacher I had to be producing "perfect' writing. Luckily, I got over that pretty quickly and instead realized that she had introduced me to my most powerful teaching tool--writing about my practice.
Since then I have written about my classroom for that blog and MovingWriters.com. This year I want to open up this space to all those teachers from my summer APSIs. I'm hoping you'll all have similar experiences to mine and realize the powerful thinking that happens when you articulate why you did what you did and why it worked (or didn't!). Selfishly, I'm hoping I'll be able to steal some of your great ideas, too!
So--What are you working on? What are you excited about trying with your students? What's something new you've tried?
Email if you've got an idea and I'll get you set up to post!
If you found your way here, you were likely in one of my APSIs for AP Language over the summer. This blog is intended as a place to continue our work together. Please email me if you're willing to write a post!