Day 30 #SOL17 Year 1
A short post: Swing Time by Zadie Smith (highly recommend) would not leave my hands. I must admit that I am more of a reader than a writer.
Developing an awareness is critical for a teacher and a writer. As a teacher, we need to be aware of everything surrounding us which is why it can be an exhausting profession. This month has led me to strengthen my awareness as a writer. I also am developing an awareness of my student’s as writers. Through these new eyes, I am able to confer and guide them to develop their skills.
Luca, a third grader, was writing in his journal about a character he liked. He started out with his statement but then hit some bumps, so we conferred as to why he thought the cat kept going out in the snow. His response was short and sweet, but focused on the actions of the cat and not the reasons. Luca was not hitting his mark and he knew it.
After conferring he wrote some more, then stopped again. “I am not really saying anything up here. It’s not making sense.”
Here’s a golden opportunity! I rushed over to him and said, “That’s what happens to writers. We begin writing and it doesn’t always make sense. So, we keep writing just to find a flow and our message comes out.”
Luca continued and in the end, was pleased with his story. He even had a great ending! With guidance, conferring, and a love of the topic, writers find their way or their surprise, as Donald Murray refers to it.