So it's been a while but that seems to happen for me. I have come to the realization that this blog is something for me to do to share with others. It is not my job or an obligation. If I feel I have something to share, then I will. If not, I don't think you want a dull post just because.
I was excited to get my hands on this book! I heard about it last summer and never got to it. Jennifer over at Teaching with Grace has a book study linky party to go along with it. I'm in no way saying I will have something to say about every chapter but thought it would be fun to follow along regardless.
My district went to a writers workshop model this year. I like many aspects of it. But I felt like we dove in to them going out to "write" too quickly. I realized even at the end of the year that a lot of my kids can't even put together a story orally. How could I expect them to do it in writing??
This first chapter, Storytelling, helped me see what to do next year. I am going to devote time time to talking....okay, storytelling : ) I'll still read the mentor texts. I'll model how to do it using my own every day type stories. But then I will make sure they get a chance to share.
A few notes:
*really give that wait time for students to try to figure out their words; then guide them with open ended questions (don't take over their story)
*have other students repeat what they understand from the story or ask clarifying questions
*jot down oral stories in conferring notes
Now I am ready to go make a share can to keep track who is ready to share a story with us every day!
Anxious for Chapter 2 - The Drawing and Writing Book!