-Regie Routman; Writing Essentials, 2005
I am joining Tammy at Forever in First for her Saturday Sayings once again-except on Friday this time! You should pop over and see what insightful and inspiring things she has to say (every day not just Saturday)!
Something I always think about in the summer is the in service training we will have just before school begins. I usually like our in service at our school, and have had a part of deciding what it will cover, and what will be presented each year.
One year I organized an “Iron Teacher Chef” challenge. We made up two teams, made names for our teams, and came up with a theme for each, the “secret ingredient” was revealed and we were off! It was a lot of fun, and a lot of good food! It was team building at its best. Here is a picture of our team we were “The Camo Teachers.” Thanks to the fact that I have a LARGE supply of camouflage at my house.
This summer I have been reading Writing Essentials by Regie Routman thanks to the recommendation of my good friend Tammy. I am loving this book and the connections it holds with my teaching, classroom, and school.
Many teachers do not teach writing or have writing workshop in their classes because they don’t view themselves as writers. Regie recommends the best way to view ourselves as a writer is to “write together as a staff.” “Writing together creates opportunity for closer collegial interaction, sensitizes us to how we teach writing in the classrooms, and increases our confidence as writers.”
I love this idea and hope to present it to our administrator for our in service for this coming school year. Regie goes on to explain about an exercise she uses called “snapshot writing.” Each teacher is asked to “write something about yourself the staff doesn’t know, something little that tells us more about you.” No other “mandates” are placed on the writing.
Afterward they are asked how their writing would have been different if they had been told “don’t forget to paragraph, use excellent word choice, vary the length and structure of your sentences, and be sure to get your voice in there.”
Regie writes that she has never had a bad outcome from this activity, and the teachers and staff leave saying they have not only learned a lot about colleagues-they have learned more about themselves-as writers.
I hope Mr. Principal likes this idea. I can see it being very eye opening and empowering for everyone.
Thank you Tammy for letting me link up with your Saturday Sayings once again! Even if it’s on Friday!
Happy Weekend Y’all!