Participating in the SOLC had allowed an exploration of writing and I have been surprised, on many levels, where the journey has taken me. In todays slice I will reflect on what I have noticed and the implications for me as a teacher of writing.
What the SOLC has taught me about writing.
|I have spent a lot of time ‘writing’ without actually putting anything on paper||Students are not procrastinating when they just sit there. Quite likely they are rehearsing in their heads.||Allow students the space to think and create without the pressure to put something on the page|
|Ralph Fletcher was on the mark when he said a subject must interest me and it must be something I think I can write well about.” I agree it is easier on both counts||Ditto for students.
Really highlights the importance of choice in writing for us all.
|Assign writing less. Allow more choice with topic, genre and audience|
|Reading other peoples Slices has given me inspiration, ideas and encouragement.||Mentor texts are very important for writers. We need to match our students to mentor texts.||My students and I need to learn to read like writers and build a resource of mentor texts.|
|The more I write the more I reflect on what I need to do with students
|Developing our own habit of writing does support our teaching of writing||Keep feeding the habit.|
|I am more observant of the world around me||As Donald Murray says “Writing makes me aware of the extraordinary in the ordinary,”||Foster writing opportunities for students that require them to observe colour, life, people, places, sounds…everything|
|I have relied on my Writer’s Notebook as a source of ideas.||Keeping a writer’s notebook is effective as a collection of seed ideas for writing.||Make Writer’s Notebook a non- negotiable part of the Writer’s Workshop|
|It has been powerful being part of a writing community||Audience is a motivator – it influences what we write||Students need authentic purpose and audience to influence their writing|
|The more writing I do, the more I get out of it||Ditto for students||Daily writing where students have choice is essential|
|The more I write the more I am rehearsing sub consciously, and ‘interviewing’ the flotsam and jetsom of my day as a perspective writing topic||My journey is taking me along the road to a writerly life||The more students write the more we introduce them to a writerly life|
|Thank you Ruth and Stacey for this fantastic learning opportunity|