Today was a big reminder of why I need to get back to my writing workshop in the classroom. I have been lax. I have pursued other projects. I have created unwanted stress. But today I got back into it with a simple poster:
1. Write a new story!
2. Peer Conference
3. Write story#2!
4. Peer Conference
5. Publish a Book!
6. Go to step 1
I also created a simple book center where they could get a nice green cover sheet, some blank paper, lined paper, and glue. I gave them simple, clear instructions for getting back to their desks and making a book. I went over it. I’ll go over it again. I refreshed their memories about inviting someone silently to a peer conference and where to sit and what to do.
We re-launched the workshop. They were happily working. I called over students one at a time and we conferenced on a quickwrite I gave them yesterday (writing to a picture prompt). Some kids finished two stories and happily started making their books.
It’s back on, people. Let there be workshop.