So many of you are doing such important writing work with your students. Reading your slices makes me long for days gone by.
I used to teach writing. My district used a Balanced Literacy program. Not any more. Now, we use the very scripted NYS Modules for ELA (Engage NY via Expeditionary Learning aka Pearson). So long, workshop models. Now we have a pacing calendar that tells us which lesson to “teach” and on which day. Writing is done only in response to a prompt. My neighbors are doing the exact same lesson in exactly the same way as I am.
But not today. Today I had my students open up their barely used Writer’s Notebook and asked them to write. Not one of them said they didn’t know what to write about it. They didn’t want to stop.
Tomorrow I will do a mini lesson like in the old days. I’ll ask them have a go at it and we will share.
I don’t know where to pull the time from for writing but I know I will find it. I will take back my classroom and we will write.