Writing Camp is amazing! Whatever you strive to accomplish, you can do so at your own pace while learning from each other. One of my goals is to develop my own writing process so I can better understand my students as writers and how it feels to face a blank piece of paper. At camp the focus is on fiction, developing characters, sharing snippets of scenes and writing moves that I’ve never attempted. It is all so new to me, I feel like I’ve landed in a different country, where I’m learning a new language, the language of writers! I’m definitely in a silent stage, soaking up the experience of others, a little shy to speak up.
I'm thrilled with the diversion from my normal coarse of summer planning this year. I think it was brought about by reading the book called Understanding How Young Children Learn
by Wendy L. Ostroff. She suggests that teacher credentialing programs' should focus on the learner. Traditionally programs focus on the teaching.
I've found that as I'm learning from the authors and campers at Teachers Write! I am experiencing what my students go through on the other side of the desk.