Inspired by the Teachingchannel.org, I am joining other teachers in Reflection Fest to review one of my most inspiring teaching moments of 2013. As I look back through my blog, I did a Wordle to determine the strong words from my blog this year. Here is my word cloud created with Tagxedo.com:
Writing, sharing, giving thanks, posting, slicing, reading, tweeting and linking are related to the little words that jump out at me. I believe writing is the boldest as I have continued to work at making writing a more regular part of my life. With that in mind, I think one of this year's most inspiring posts came on a cold January day, when I worked with one of my first grade students at the time, to warm up her "writing" brain. Here is a link to the post, "On a Cold, Cold Day".
As a Literacy Coach this year, I have returned to telling this story many times. I know that a lot of students struggle with what to write about the minute they hear it's time. I also know that teachers sometimes struggle with how to help the students who experience this problem. Taking the time to sit and chat a little about things students could write about often works away the anxiety and the writer's block subsides for a spell. I can say with great honesty that sometimes writing brains just need warming and then they're on to work!
While we get ready to ring in 2014, I hope you'll be inspired to remind your students of things they could write about just by having a little conversation with your writers and jotting their ideas in an Alphabox chartlet inside of their writer's notebook!
What's one of your most inspiring moments of 2013?