I call my demo Never Teach Alone-Finding Writing Mentors in the Picture Books You and Your Students Love! because teaching writing with the support of Carol Minner and the Great Valley Writing Project's network of teacher consultants fuels my desire to grow as a writer and teacher of writers. Collaborating with colleagues and leaning on the wisdom gleaned from Jennifer Jacobson, Katie Wood Ray, Lucy Calkins-the list keeps growing, along with the never-ending supply of excellent writing found in picture books keeps me in good company. I know that I do not have to teach alone!
Everything I share is the result of reading, reflecting, writing, and launching during an hour-long, first grade writing workshop. I'm teaching in good company these days. Preparing for a demo is highly reflective, especially when you team up with a fellow TC and are surrounded by writing mentors such as the work of Katie Wood Ray, our primary source for learning how read like a writer. Fellow TC, Tonya Shuford and I planned our sessions to help teachers use picture books as mentor texts. The idea came about from our summer book study of Wondrous Words by Katie Wood Ray. Our planning session at My second office, Starbucks, was filled with laughter and joy of discovering how to foster reading like writers within our sessions.
Presenting as a Teacher Consultant with The Great Valley Writing Project is a labor of love. My only regret is that I couldn't attend all of my colleagues' demos. With just a quick peek into today's program resources I'm sure my inner writing thief will be satisfied with the trove of resources ranging from writing in math to argument writing. Teachers teaching teachers combines the wisdom of the entire group. It is not the sage on the stage, but the interactions between the participants facilitated by a Great Valley TC that teachers find so appealing. Teachers discover something new to try on Monday and beyond. Both participants and presenters gain from the professional and collegial gathering-a good day!