Sunday, June 3, 2012

Making Time to Write

Everyday I look forward to writer's workshop.  I've looked forward to this time of day for many years.  Like many of the blogs I've read today, I too love books and intentionally share that love with my students and that naturally carries over to our writing.  The difference between the me that loves writer's workshop now and the me that loved writer's workshop before is that now I really write and up until two years ago I did a little bit of writing with my students, but I really was just 'playing'.  In the last two years I have been training at Lesley University as a K-2 Literacy Coach.  One of the biggest differences in my thinking has been my reading what Katie Wood Ray and Matt Glover have to say about working with young writers.  When I read that Katie Ray said that in order to be able to authentically conference with young writers you need to come from the stance of a writer that made total sense to me. That's when I started writing on a regular basis.  I write in the genre we are studying for writing workshop and I try out whatever it is we are trying out as a community of young writers and have used the mentor texts that my students are using to help me as a writer too.  Writing has definitely changed what I think about and see as I conference with young writers. They not only see me as their teacher, but as a writer.  It has been awesome to share my writing with them and have them conference with me like I conference with them.  BUT... now I want to move forward from that.  I want to do writing for me.  So I still have 2 1/2 more weeks of school, but I am going to dedicate 20 minutes to start with first thing in the morning.  It'll be easier to do that once school is over, but I want to establish the habit whether I'm in school or not!  I am ready to start.


  1. Hi, Pam. Thanks for posting. I wonder what genres your young writers compose in. Thanks for the tip about the Teachers Write Summer Group! Sincerely, David Franke, Cortland

    1. Hi David!
      We do lots of different units of study and the students 'try out' each of the genres during writing workshop. During our "inbetweens" of genres studies they choose the genre they want. This year we have written poems, memoirs, literary nonfiction, several types of fiction (mysteries,realistic, historical)and now we are writing persuasive pieces. They also are learning how to write about what they read which is a hard transition for them at second grade. I love to watch their growth as writers--much of what they know as writers is revealed in conversations about writing and choices. Unfortunately the State hasn't figured that out yet about young writers. They need to be videoed talking about the decisions they make as writers--then we'll really know what they know!