Four days left.
Four more posts.
Four more ideas.
Four more slices.
Why does it feel so different?
The pressure to have a story.
The pressure to not have a bandaid.
The pressure is real.
The pressure for students is real.
The pressure for teachers is real.
Is it self-inflicted?
What’s the solution?
Yesterday was amazing.
Our Heinemann reps have established a #ConnectandCollaborate group and provided support requested by local teachers, coaches, and administrators. Yesterday we, groups in Iowa, Missouri and South Carolina heard answers from our questions posed to Lucy Calkins about coaching.
How do teachers step into conferring?
First task: Set up the Environment
- “Do no harm.”
Lucy reminded us that, “You will be conferring all your life. It helps to put yourself in the writer’s shoes.” Consider when has someone’s feedback left you scarred for life? “Don’t do that.” Kids will be vulnerable.
How much does it mean to you to get a real compliment? A real authentic response from a peer or an administrator; not a judgement. “Do that!”
Teachers have power. We can make kids want to put words on the page. Make sure you are responding in a human way. Warm. Human. Don Murray said, ”Be the kind of person for whom kids want to write.” Respond in human way to the content. When you are headed for radical change, do NOT criticize. Do NOT point out all the things they screwed up.
Second task: Check your Posture
Are you sitting side by side?
The student holds the paper. The student writes on his/her paper. The goal of the teacher is to get students to say more with little tips to keep them writing: “Holy Moley, what happened next?”“Wow! Look what you have written in 5 minutes.” All of this is setting up the backdrop because in order to respond to writers, you have to set a climate where students want to and DO write!
BEGIN by Studying Conferring
- Read the guide about the predictable parts of a conference
- Watch the Videos: Amanda and Lucy
- Identify and Practice the Conference Parts
Don’t expect perfection. Plan to grow and learn. Check out the suggested problems in the “If…Then…Curriculum resource online. Have those solutions ready. Talk about the common issues.
READY, SET, GO!
Thank you Beth, Kelly, and Kerry (Lisa and Ashley) for setting up this Zoom opportunity.
What did you learn yesterday?
How will your passion and excitement carry your learning forward?
How will you build on your own “I can . . .”?
Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Kelsey, Lanny, Melanie, and Stacey for this daily March forum from Two Writing Teachers. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.