I love being in an environment where I meet new faces that reflect my same beliefs and philosophies when it comes to teaching a writer.
Here is what I took away from today:
Start and end your day with a poem.
Dedicate the reading of a poem to a student, they will remember this gift.
There is a structure to "adding details." Three main points:
- action details
- thought/feeling details
- dialogue as a detail
There are little bits in between, but saying, "add details" doesn't really help students add anything.
When you confer there is a structure:
- Research what your students know.
- Decide what you they need next.
- Teach it.
- Link it, make a connection.
Top Book Picks: Here are a few that stood out for me from the list of great mentor texts:
- Little Bird, Zullo
- Ms. McCaw Learns to Draw, Zemach
- Thank You, Miss Doover, Pulver
- Zero Is the Leaves On the Tree, Franco
I wrote a poem with the simple prompt--Journey, which I will link here.
What a full and luscious day!