""the courage to allow yourself to fail"...well said Mr. dePaola. We can become so focused on having our students strive to "understand" everything we throw at them, that we get stuck on the "hamster wheel"...this was a…"
I am a friend of Gaetan's from the PA Writing Project. I have taught third grade for years (18) and have been a professional development coach for 3 years, but this fall I am returning to the classroom - the second grade classroom. Gaetan mentioned today that you teach 2nd grade. We need to chat. Possibly could our classes become audiences for each other's second grade writing?! I'm co-directing the summer writing institute right now but we will talk later this summer, I hope.
Jamie, yes, I am honored to be your friend! My picture tells what my grandkids think of my reading to them! Note that Emily is looking away and Maddie has her own book! Dylan did get into the Thomas adventure! Hope all is well at home with your new baby and your writers' workshop is going great! I am still writing stories to share in classrooms with kids. I just did Mary Heckler's class and they loved my story. I am amazed at how much the second graders are into understanding what writers do! I also am visiting Linda Clark at Red Bank, grade 3, and her writers are so wonderful! They use so many writing techniques already! I guess by grade 3 they are mature enough to get revision and how to actually do it! I have rethought my stance on what choice means. You would be glad. I realize I didn't really encourage fiction because I wanted the kids to know that their own lives count for something. I guess my poor Gloucester background wanted personal stories to be important. Plus, when I heard Calkins and the gang ,years ago, they pushed kids' own, real, stories. But now I think choice means choice. The goal of all writing instruction is that the kids get better at writing! Pat
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