This past weekend, several PAWLPers had the opportunity to attend the 2014 NCTE Annual Convention in Washington DC. Below are a handful of reflections from what was a truly amazing experience. Read more
By Andrea Bensusan
I recently rediscovered one of the great joys of teaching – the writing conference. A grade level change to 4th – after 16 years in 6th – hurled me for the first time into the world of “teacher of everything.” Increased specialization at my 5/6 building had me teaching only Social Studies, and now I found myself in a self-contained classroom. It was a strange feeling being a veteran and a rookie at the same time. Every day has brought challenges and joys, and the return to a role as teacher of writing has been one of those joys. Read more
"Managing 20+ 4th graders during Writer’s Workshop was nightmarish at best. Everyone wanted my attention NOW! I never felt I spent enough time with any student, some students never seemed to conference with me, and when given “editor’s checklists,” they always checked everything as great, when it most certainly was not."
In Fly Away, Patricia MacLachlan introduces us to a family full of love, talents and secrets. Lucy, the main character, is struggling to find her voice, in her poetry and in her singing. Compared to the opera, rap and lullabies sung by members of her musical family, Lucy can’t carry a tune. Read more