We discussed the importance of students knowing how to write and their ability to get their ideas out and on to paper. There were some great ideas shared around the room. I love to learn new things. I presented an array of strategies, skills and modifications and I learned some new ones myself.
My favorite writing strategy learned was this one: Students write a story with a teacher throughout the year. This works similar to a "secret pal" but instead it is your "secret author". The student starts a story and then their "secret teacher" adds the next line or two then returns the story back to the student. By year end - the student's writing has improved and a new story has been created. There is a "reveal" day so the students can guess who their secret teacher was - and then the story is read aloud. It was suggested to pair all the students with a teacher. Some teachers would have more than one student as their writing partner. This is an idea I'm running through my brain for the future...
As for my daily goals:
Yesterday's Writing Accomplishment: posted my final and favorite blog in the "Inspriation to Write" series.
Today's Writing Goal: Continue with chapter 8 revisions
Tomorrow's Writing Goal: Chapter 8 revisions - finish by Midnight tomorrow and emailed out by Saturday at Noon.