So today is Writing Workshop Wednesday, although we didn’t have writing workshop today. It was one of those days. We have writing workshop right after lunch. It gives us some down time when the weather is so hot, and it is a nice chunk of uninterrupted time for us to write.
But today was CrAzY after lunch. Someone was hurt, two someones were sick, and one little kindergartener (they were lined up in the hallway) fell in the potty so I had to watch the rest of them while his teacher escorted him to the office for a change in clothing. So a big chunk was taken from our writing workshop today, not to worry it’s the last few days of the reading challenge, so we read.
I think one of the most important parts of writing workshop is being willing to turn loose of the control. I know it was hard for me in the beginning. As teachers sometimes we’re more concerned with our kiddos “getting it right” or “making it look good,” than letting their personalities shine through.
Writing workshop is some place you have to be willing to let all that go, and give it over to the creativity of the kids. It is through my language arts block that I can draw in all the conventions for writing the emphasis of neatness, correct spelling, and whatever else drives me crazy.
What is the hardest part of writing workshop for you? Do you have trouble just letting the kids-write?
Next week I’ll tell you about the books we make, but tonight I am off to feed the kids on my daughter’s swim team that are going to state this weekend. YAY GO CATS!