The Power of Community

#becomingeducational W4 (2016-17)
Writing – patience – persistence and community
This beautiful blogpost on supporting writing with school children reminds me of last week’s blog: Sam Illingworth and using poetry for teaching…
It reminds me that we can develop JOYFUL writing habits of our own…
And that if we work with students we need to help them find their writing joy.
Here’s looking at you, kids!

Thinking Through My Lens

Our students are writers, but even a few short weeks ago many didn’t see themselves that way.  They were worried that they didn’t know how to spell, that their writing wasn’t “right,” that others knew something that they didn’t about this mysterious practice called writing.

Like we do every year, we’ve been working to build a community of learners and writers in our multiage class of first, second and third graders. And like Margaret Simon reminds us all in her #digilit post this week, that requires practice, patience, and persistence. Margaret was talking about the use of digital tools–but I would argue, it is the same with or without the digital tools.  But I want to remind us (and myself) that practice doesn’t mean drudgery.  Instead it means establishing a practice, regular opportunities to write in meaningful ways.  It means low stakes opportunities to explore the possibilities of writing, to…

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