Gee Vicki, I'd make a great politician...I never answered your question! I'm "paid" to assist 6th & 5th grade, but being the only literacy coach in the district, I gladly extend a helping hand across the district whenever or wherever needed.
You certainly make revision manageable and dare I say that f word...fun! I'll be sure to post some student work to your page. Being a NWP person, I've followed your work from some time. It truly has helped us have meaningful conversations about writing. Providing the students with trait specific feedback moves writing in a remarkable way.
Giving back to the rural school district I grew up in has been more than rewarding. Not only do I get to work with people who once were my teachers, I'm also surrounded by friends, neighbors, and children that I've known most of my life or theirs. I'm in a vacuum where I live...pretty far away from city life, but I've latched on- more like grabbed a leg and would not let go- of some amazing mentors over the last 15 years. Collaboration and networking has been instrumental in my own personal growth and as a result, the challenges we all face as educators don't seem as scary when you have support and lots of brains to help you!
I was first introduced to your work through the PA writing and Lit project. I used the nine rights for a teachers as writers club I host in my district. That book is dead honest. Thanks for the honesty. G
Your work has given our district common language (k-12) to discuss writing. It's difficult to put into words the impact this has made on students and teachers. I'll send you a student sample or two (writing stemmed from WriteTrait lesson) for you to enjoy!
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