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Re: [Teacher-talkhswriters] Unit 2

From: <mstever_at_pm.noacsc.org>
Date: Thu, 5 May 2011 15:16:15 -0400 (EDT)

On Thu, May 5, 2011 3:07 pm, mstever_at_pm.noacsc.org wrote:
> --Creating a writing community does not just happen.  Although the first
> step is already in place, most of the others need to be modified.  My
> classroom is one of trust, faith that changes can occur, knowledge that
> each student will be treated professionally and respectfully, and one
> where humor is encouraged.
> I am not a natural writer of anything more than business letters (many
> years as a typing/shorthand/office management teacher).  Although I
> encourage humor in the classroom, I am usually pretty serious and let
> students provide the laughs.  I will, this new school year, sit with
> students as they write.  They will hear me groan and moan and say how hard
> it is and ask why this subject and ask how they can write when they can't
> spell.  They will see returning students and me head for the dictionary
> and Thesaurus, use a speller, and ask a buddy how to spell a word.
> Students and I will both keep writing notebooks.  This year I began
> writing on the board my own introduction and/or first paragraph and have
> kept a journal of my own, but haven't asked students to do so.  My journal
> is on pink paper, lined, cut to half-page size, and holepunched to fit a
> binder.
> I usually make many mistakes--the white board is high, I am short--and I
> tend to think faster than I write.  Consequently, students have many
> opportunities to see mistakes and how I handle them.  Sometimes I miss one
> and, don't you know, someone tells me.  Yea!
> In my opinion, the two major changes I can continue  using to ensure a
> good writing community are to sit with students as they look over their
> work, and to let them see me and hear me as we write.
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