Being an authentic reader and an authentic writer is important. To me, that seems obvious. Piano teachers play piano. Driving teachers drive. YES, as an teacher of readers and writers, I must read and I must write. Modeling a reading life and a writing life comes easily to me. I grew up a reader...just read my post on The Nerdy Book Club about me and my reading life. I grew up a writer...my evidence is my pile of notebooks. Check them out on my other class blog, Crayons and Pencils.
Have you read Escape from
Mr. Lemoncello's Library?" Ah! It's working.
This weekend, I spent hours reading their first piece of process writing. Ah! What a privilege. Did it take a long time? Yes. Were there times I got frustrated? Yes...but, mostly I look at this as an opportunity and a privilege. They are sharing their best writing with me and I GET to read it. It's an honor. They are writers. They write with me and they write for me. What a great job I have! I get to read and talk about books with a wonderful group of students AND I get to write with them and share my writing with them. I'm lucky that I get to be a model.