#SOL18: Why #TCRWP?

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Three letters

One word

Connected to my #OLW – curious

WHY?

A recurring theme on Day 1 of the 2018 June Writing Institute at #TCRWP




As the day began in typical fashion at Riverside Church with 1200 teachers strong, “You’ve come from  41 states, 36 countries, those who’ve attended 25 or 26 institutes, as children in workshop schools or those who came alone who are now back with principals and teachers… movers and shakers.”

 

If you are not on Twitter, this is a time you should be.  Because you can capture thoughts such as these:

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Or these .  .  .

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But you had to be there in person in that setting to capture the eloquence as three fifth graders from Tiana Silvas’s classroom stepped up to the podium.  These students were definitely a part of a level three writing workshop as they, oh so eloquently, delivered their memorized poetry and reminded us of all the many reasons that we teach writing and we continue our tireless efforts!

The enthusiasm of the beginning of the day carried the theme of

WHY?

bringing purpose as we considered the energy, independence and transfer that comes from the creation and use of tools with Simone Frazer and building bridges between reading and writing with interactive writing with Marie Mounteer.

Decisions about Choice Sessions are never easy.  They are all amazing.  But Kisha Howell rocked Horace Mann with her tips about increasing writing volume.  The big ideas centered around:  feedback, talk, clear tools, “other texts,” meaningful process, and sketching.  Exquisitely delivered in a way that my ancient brain absorbed, retained and connected the tips in true “showing not telling” fashion . . .

I’m fascinated by this chart.  Where has the feedback that I’ve received fallen short?  What about the feedback that I give?  All feedback is not equal . . .

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This opening day of 2018 June Writing Institute at #TCRWP satisfied my “WHY” to attend . . . . in order to continue and grow with some of the brightest literacy minds. Thank you, #TCRWP, for being a place to satisfy my “curious” and grow my thinking!




Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Kelsey, Lanny, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.                                                                                                      slice of life 2016

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14 responses

  1. I want to hear more about the volume workshop! It all sounds great!
    PS- I fixed your link in your first comment and deleted the other one! 😉

  2. Thanks for sharing. I felt a bit connected to the work you are doing there.
    Why? Indeed!
    Kevin

  3. Thank you for sharing the highlights for me – and others who can’t make the trek! We live – and learn – through your words

    1. You are welcome, Christine. I can’t say enough for Twitter as a game changer as well! ❤

  4. As always, I appreciate your sharing! Feeling a bit “homesick” for TC this week. Keep on keeping on!

    1. Erika,
      I believe you are on terra firma. So many folks are still in school here in the East. Such an interesting mix as always!

  5. “Why” is such an important question whether it is asked if us or our students. It gives insight into a person’s reasoning and can lead us to think about things in a way we might not have thought previously. Thanks for sharing, Fran. I look forward to these posts every year.

    1. You are welcome! Always so much happening in front of us as learners and teachers! ❤

  6. Sorry to be missing you this year. I’m not heading there until August.
    Looking forward to reading your tweets this week!

    1. Great line up. Matt de la Pena today. Georgia Heard tomorrow. Katherine Bomer is Thursday! Interesting sections.

  7. Clare Landrigan | Reply

    We have not attended in some time… need to get back to it. Thanks for sharing!!

  8. I drink in your observations. Keep updating us.

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