|At long last, I have arrived! |
Teacher's College, Columbia University
New York City, New York
So, I shall now focus on my one topic: Writing about writing. Actually, it's really about writing an information piece with an audience in mind that will be useful to me. This is my task for the week as part of Mary Ehrenworth's 3rd-8th grade session on information writing. This is what I will do. By the end of the week, I will have a finished piece of information writing that I will use in my work as a literacy coach with teachers this coming school year.
I am going to go through the writing process this week. Essentially, all of us in Mary's session will experience what we ask of all of our students each day in the writing workshop. How can we truly teach writing if we have never experienced the process ourselves? So, now I give you my first reflection of going through this process...
After much wonderful discussion with my small group (who I already love), the group as a whole, and with Mary herself, she invited all of us in the room to think of a few possible topics for our writing pieces. I came up with three potential ideas:
After we came up with our idea, Mary asked us to just write. We wrote for 15 minutes before we shared. I'm hesitant to share my writing thus far, but to truly experience what my students go through in the writing workshop, I need to feel some of that vulnerability. So, here you go, the start of my piece:
My piece of writing has a long way to go- as does my learning and connection making here at Columbia this week. I am just so thrilled for all to come in the week ahead! Already, I'm sad it will be ending in four days.
There's much more to come, friends! Stay tuned!