I heart writer’s workshop and I have recently launched with my new firsties. I have to say that out of all the implementing and training I have done for the last 8 school days, this has been my happy spot throughout the ups and downs of starting my new year. Partly because a clean sheet of paper thrills me, but this group of first graders is catching on pretty quickly. Perfection? OH MY NO. But progress…yes.
I have some truly inspiring mentors that have helped me learn to teach writing. (Little did they know-but I am so thankful to have discovered them)
Meacham’s Snapshots is the first place I found writing broken down for me in a way that excited me to teach. On my teacher shelf, I have many writing series designed for primary grades. I even kept those WAY outdated writing prompter papers thinking those would create better writing day after day. (yikes-my bad!) Over time my thrill for writer’s workshop time would always fade out. Since finding Meacham’s sight, a couple years ago, I have been able to stick with writing throughout the year much more successfully and consistently. I have endless ideas and resources to explore all the 6+ writing traits. I also love all her visuals. Need a full year of writer’s workhop lessons? She’s got it.
Second to Meacham, I found this amazing book
Be still my beating heart…now I can’t wait for the quiet 10 and some paper. happy happy teacher! Last year I used this book from day 1 of school and loved what I saw happen throughout the year.
So my students are not only practicing the ideas trait for now, but a HUGE part of our focus is how to be an active listener when they have a fellow author sharing. Here’s a peek at today.
|The only difference here is the clapping hands. It is a requirement. When an author finishes the first thing they hear is applause. 🙂|
|Here is one author up on the stage reading her work. She is able to choose 1 piece of writing from her folder to share. I choose three authors a day. I don’t budge from that or they will constantly ask. (yes- learned that one the hard way)|
|I just love this one. I plan to show them the active listening I see in this picture tomorrow. I keep walking around with my camera saying I like to capture learning. It’s working like a charm.|
|This picture is to show you that in all of my 10 years in first grade I have never had a class that required everyone to have a carpet spot. But after the last 8 days, I realized there was no other way! So….here are my carpet spots in all their glory. Last night as I watched The CFC videos about power teaching I picked my tired self up off the floor and got a plan for success. They have been wearing me out. Not acceptable.|
|Why did I need a plan? Why am I worn out? Well after 5 days of trying…this is our longest time for read to self. 🙁 I believe this timer is found on smart exchange if you are looking for a great visual for your students.) My wonderful team leader found it for me in my time of need.|