Kristen and I began today with a new group of teachers/administrators who are now on their way to becoming an HVWP community centered around writing, of course.
From the start, from the silence around the familiar U constructed with moving tables and chairs Kristen and I remembered when this very building didn’t cooperate- a noisy air conditioner in our classroom, desks, windows without blinds. But even then, community was created.
Happily I’m back working with Kristen, co-facilitating this large group of teachers from across content areas and disciplines and locations, who shared from the start, a need to build their own writing identities before they returned to their classrooms in September. No one blamed their kids, but rather asked us to share strategies that might engage them in writing.
We couldn’t have written their scripts better.
Our challenge is time- 5 days, 15 hours and we need to select carefully from so much in our tool boxes.
We are not alone. We stand on firm shoulders.
So this morning we all wrote together to begin the day, we shared our first pieces in pairs, we read Don Murray’s “All Writing is Autobiography” and used a sharing strategy from Kristen’s vault, we introduced a timely NWP text, Teaching in the Connected Learning Classroom and finally without planning, Kristen grabbed up her Random Autobiography mentor text and got one last writing out of this new community before we left for the day.
I’d say we are off….