Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Time and my writing program
The next 11 years I spent teaching mainly grade six at the same South Vancouver school. But of course I didn't just teach reading and writing, there were all the other subjects, as well as all the other duties of being a regular class teacher, but writing still was an important part of my program, and I generally did creative writing with a grade seven class as well.
Then I moved into a district position where my job was to help other teachers with their writing programs. It was a great learning experience for me as well, learning about the six traits of writing, and bringing that piece into the equation. I also still got to spend time in classrooms, especially bringing the oral piece into writing. Several classes enjoyed being involved in "poetry slams".
And then once again I went back to my "own" classroom. I often was glad I had all those files of ideas! And writing in my room occurs every day in different ways, but today as I glanced at my books, and last week when I was at our Literacy Day and chaired sessions given by Lori Jamison and Adrienne Gear, I certainly was finding many "holes" in my writing program.
What am I noticing? Most of my girls write passionately! They love to read and write. My boys generally like to read, but probably not as much, and their writing to me needs some elaboration. There aren't many what Adrienne calls "triple scoop" words! I know it may be time for some poetry! Poetry always improves word choice!
The classroom teacher juggles many balls. Currently we are in the midst of Ancient Egypt projects! And then there are Science review and learning about how to find the area of a circle. Occasionally I seem to work in some French and I am trying to look at some new Ipad apps.
(First picture from a report, a sample they wrote about author, Melanie Jackson's visit.
The second, is taken when my students were writing with their grade one buddies about going skating)