Writing With Possibility, Power, and Voice
Yesterday was a district e-learning day. Students were at home with assignments on Google Classroom and teachers were in various buildings all over the district in professional development workshops.
The session I was in charge of was about Cornelius Minor’s writing workshop I attended this summer.
One of the main points is verbalization – the talking before the writing. Minor suggest using visuals that are interesting and relevant to students. Students needs practice with concepts 9-10 times before they have to produce written products that exemplify the concepts.
One of the activities we did was to find a meaningful picture on their phone. Then teachers paired up with someone they did not know and share the story of the picture. It build community and gave everyone practice telling a story they could later writer.
The teachers did quickwrites and sharing protocols. My intent was to have 2 hours of interaction and conversation about writing. I am happy to say – it worked!
I was impressed with the participation and work from these teachers. It made me proud to be part of this profession.