I am blessed to have spent my first how to teach writing class at SUNY College at Buffalo with Writing: Teachers and Children at Work by Donald H. Graves as my textbook. I've really only known topic choice and the writing process to guide my work with students in a workshop format.
I started my first blog, Enjoy and Embrace Learning in 2008 when I switched grade levels from third to kindergarten. Franki Sibberson and I were together during a Literacy Connection workshop where I was predicting this grade level switch was coming. In Franki's usual encouraging way, she suggested a blog to document and share my transition. That is how Enjoy and Embrace Learning began where I enjoy sharing books and things related to my classroom.
Recently, I started to feel a nudge to create a space where I could organize my thoughts and blogposts focused more on being a writer. I try to participate in the slice of life weekly posts and for a few years have done the Slice of Life Challenge for a whole month several times. I love the feel of these posts for a whole month together and often don't post anything else because I feel it would break up the rhythm of how the blog is viewed and read. I've also enjoyed reading blogs with a slice of life or poetry or celebration focus. My previous post in these three areas have been moved here for consistency.
I'm currently teaching second grade and have spent my twenty plus years in education teaching grades K, 1, 1/2, 2, 2/3, and 3. I have been lucky to have pieces published at Choice Literacy and authored a chapter in Launching Digital Writing in the Elementary Classroom via the Columbus Area Writing Project. This book is a free ibook, you might want to check it out!
Thank you for stopping by and joining me on this new adventure. I think this space is full of possibilities for discovering and playing around with the process of writing, as a writer myself in hopes of practicing what I learned in the beginning of my studies. To be a teacher of writing you must be a writer yourself.