Monday, September 24, 2007

Writer's Workshop

The first several weeks of school are so exciting for me because I get to explore and experiment with a brand new group of students. I observe and listen to every detail and try to use their stories they think I didn't hear when setting up a mini-lesson of some kind.

These kids have taken off with their writing and it seems that I too have become much more comfortable as a "writing teacher." I am still using journals and they are using the infamous no. 2 pencils, but I truly believe that we will have some superb writing this year. A big thank you to those fourth grade teachers, a job nicely done.

At any rate, while setting up my writer's workshop I have been following much of what Lucy Calkin's has to say and enjoying every moment of it. At this point, the students are picking their own topics that interest them and I think that because of this I am getting some authentic stories. During their writing I am in search of what my next mini-lesson will be on and trying desperately to help the "writers" and not fix their "writing piece."

This is all a wonderful journey and I do hope that at some point this year, I will be able to setup a blog for each student to transfer this great learning experience to a global audience.


  1. Have you read If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit by Brenda Ueland ?

    I'm in the process of reading it and she had me hooked by the end of the first paragraph!

  2. Thanks Dee, I will take some time to read this book and get back to you.