Finishing UP & Getting Started: Slice of Life Tuesday

Okay, I’m ready to get going!

Tara and I are presenting our work on Saturday, at an Hudson Valley Writing Project Saturday Seminar at Vassar College. Here’s the blurb:


September 27, 2014 at VASSAR COLLEGE

The HUDSON VALLEY WRITING PROJECT at SUNY New Paltz and VASSAR COLLEGE will offer this Saturday Seminar for elementary and secondary teachers on the teaching of writing. Presenters will share teaching ideas and technologies that engage and foster students’ curiosity, creativity, and communication skills.


Tara Smith, Glen Rock School District, Glen Rock, NJ & Bonnie Kaplan, Hudson Valley Writing Project

Storytelling allows students to reflect on their life experiences as they construct their own narratives and develop their identities as writers. In this workshop, we will write together, view a video that documents 6th graders on year-long writing journey, and consider how to bring more writing into the classroom. (Grades K-12)

Finally, I’m engaged!  Can’t wait to share our work with a group of interested teachers and future teachers. It’s a perfect place to take our work out for a spin offering our participants opportunities to write a slice and consider how they might bring it into their classrooms.  Who knows some may join our Slicer community.

Good thing the video below is almost finished.  It’s been the bane of my existence.  I stalled way too long to get it where it is today.  If you have 8 minutes, I would love some feedback.  This piece is about the work of our New York State Writing Project Network, working with the Literacy Design Collaborative in cresting a thoughtful method to create curriculum with a module structure that is consistent with the National Writing Project approach to learning.





12 thoughts

  1. What a great day it will be presenting with Tara! I wish I could be there and watch you two work the magic of drawing teachers into the web of slicing. I watched your video and I love the way you pulled snippets of what each person says to reinforce your message. Looks good!

  2. I love the pictures. My first thought was, “hey, that’s Bonnie!” You will have a great session. I’m sure you will get them writing and sharing and talking about how all of that happens so wonderfully in your rooms. You all will be great!

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