Thursday, June 20, 2013

A Day of Learning

Anticipation, excitement, notebooks, pens, ideas...these among other things are what I was carrying around this morning as I got myself ready for the first day of the ALL WRITE!!! conference in Warsaw, Indiana. Could I be surrounded by nicer, smarter, more open educators? 
I love being in an environment where I meet new faces that reflect my same beliefs and philosophies when it comes to teaching a writer. 

Here is what I took away from today:

Start and end your day with a poem.
Dedicate the reading of a poem to a student, they will remember this gift.
There is a structure to "adding details." Three main points:
  • action details
  • thought/feeling details
  • dialogue as a detail
There are little bits in between, but saying, "add details" doesn't really help students add anything. 
When you confer there is a structure:
  • Research what your students know.
  • Decide what you they need next.
  • Teach it.
  • Link it, make a connection. 
Top Book Picks: Here are a few that stood out for me from the list of great mentor texts:
  • Little Bird, Zullo  
  • Ms. McCaw Learns to Draw, Zemach
  • Thank You, Miss Doover, Pulver
  • Zero Is the Leaves On the Tree, Franco
I wrote a poem with the simple prompt--Journey, which I will link here.

What a full and luscious day! 

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