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Joy Write Question 5

The series of posts for “Joy Write” refer to the title of the text our new Summer Institute participants are reading. This is a fabulous book that examines writing instruction, published in 2017 by Ralph Fletcher. Our SI participants are going to comment on the questions, but any reader is welcome to contribute (whether you have read the book or not).

 

From Chapter 4:

How does playing with writing factor into your teaching?

In what ways can you add more play into your writing classroom?

Do you ever play with your own writing?

Joy Write Question 4

The series of posts for “Joy Write” refer to the title of the text our new Summer Institute participants are reading. This is a fabulous book that examines writing instruction, published in 2017 by Ralph Fletcher. Our SI participants are going to comment on the questions, but any reader is welcome to contribute (whether you have read the book or not).

 

From Chapter 3:
Select one of Fletcher’s 5 faulty assumptions.

Do you agree with him? Disagree?

Do you find yourself falling victim to one of these assumptions?

What changes can you make to your thinking?

Joy Write Question 3

The series of posts for “Joy Write” refer to the title of the text our new Summer Institute participants are reading. This is a fabulous book that examines writing instruction, published in 2017 by Ralph Fletcher. Our SI participants are going to comment on the questions, but any reader is welcome to contribute (whether you have read the book or not).

 

What do you think about choice vs. structure in the writing workshop?

Can you balance both? At what cost?

(Think about our discussion regarding preparing students for state tests, for the next teacher, etc.)

Joy Write Question 2

The series of posts for “Joy Write” refer to the title of the text our new Summer Institute participants are reading. This is a fabulous book that examines writing instruction, published in 2017 by Ralph Fletcher. Our SI participants are going to comment on the questions, but any reader is welcome to contribute (whether you have read the book or not).

 

From Chapter 2:

What are the things that make the energy level rise in your classroom (what Fletcher calls the “swimmies”)?

What makes the energy level drop (“sinkies”)?

Joy Write Chat – Question 1

The series of posts for “Joy Write” refer to the title of the text our new Summer Institute participants are reading.  This is a fabulous book that examines writing instruction, published in 2017 by Ralph Fletcher.  Our SI participants are going to comment on the questions, but any reader is welcome to contribute (whether you have read the book or not).  

 

 

In chapter one, Fletcher is asked by a student what his bumper sticker would say.  He responds with, “Writing is fun.”

 

What is your writing bumper sticker?  Explain why/provide context for this choice. 

Book Review: Sparks in the Dark by Travis Crowder and Todd Nesloney

by: Anne Busciacco, Marissa Caldwell, Lauren Foley, Erika Hunsicker, Tom Lang & Dan Lonsdale

sparks in darkNavigating through a maze of students absorbed in their independent reading books, I pause before Ryan. Our second-day-of-school conversation echoes in my mind . . .
“I don’t like to read,” he declared, doubtful seventh grade would change anything.
His friend, Charlie, smirked at him, “That’s because you only read teacher-assigned books.”
Now, four weeks later—after interviewing many texts and abandoning two—Ryan sits nestled in a bean-bag chair, engrossed in Booked by Kwame Alexander. During our last conference, he claimed it as one of the best novels he had ever read.
“ # What child have you seen impacted by a different kind of teaching style?” (79).
In Sparks in the Dark, by Travis Crowder and Todd Nesloney, you will meet a plethora of  students like Ryan whose lives were forever impacted by the power of choice. Read more