Tuesday, July 26, 2011
"Writing floats on a sea of talk," (1970, Britton).
I went to the 2 Sisters conference, The Daily 5 in Kindergarten yesterday. It was fun and informative. I left wanting more of course; however, what I learned should keep me busy for now. What is funnier to me is after reading a blog post this morning I am not hearing the voices of the sisters but instead the voice of one of my mentors, Geri Williams..."writing floats on a sea of talk." She loves this quote.
So from there, I typed "writing floats on a sea of talk" on the google search bar, and this is the article that got me really going this morning. (If you are just interested in the part that sparked me, check out the last section of the article).
I have always included a time with third graders for what we call "reading buddies." Why not a writing buddy too! There is nothing better than watching your students, every single one engaged, with a one-on-one partner, reading. I can only imagine the amazement I would feel to watch the same thing happen with writing. DUH! Why haven't I done this before? Maybe I ran out of steam to plan it or maybe I just needed this little spark to get me going. Wow, if I can train the third graders (with the help of an amazing third grade teacher) to confer with my little guys, how awesome would that be? REALLY AWESOME! Okay, so now I am just getting obnoxiously giddy, but I cannot wait to try this out. Kids get so tired of hearing me talk, I know some of them will be moved by their buddy talking. Anything that can get a kid moving is worth doing. Oh how cute, another catchy phrase. Happy day all!