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Today is slice of life day...I got nothing. I looked back into my drafts...nothing. Looked back into my notebook...nothing. I have nothing to write about. You may be thinking, "Then why are you here?" Because I need to write. Tuesday is a deadline for me. I've made a commitment to post here every week and I want to be a model for my students. When they tell me that they have nothing to write about, I coax and cajole and encourage them, "Write anyway. Something will come..." Uh-oh! Nothing's coming...WAIT! I'll write about writing with my students.
I've been lucky enough to have access to a document camera in my room for the past couple of years. This year, someone showed me how to hook it directly to the screen in the front of the room, instead of running back and forth from the front to the back. Now, I sit in front of my students and write WHILE they write.
We talked about it today. I didn't announce what I was doing. I simply picked up my pen and began writing while they were writing. Their response to this was interesting! Some found it distracting...note to self, explain next time! Some found it helpful, "I didn't know what to write, so I watched you and it reminded me of something I could write."
I asked them this question, "Is it important that your writing teacher writes?" As I looked out on the sea of faces in front of me, I noticed some scrunched foreheads and confused looks. I think they may have thought it was a trick question. I repeated the question and the answers came spilling forth,
"YES! How can you teach us something if you don't do it yourself?!"Such wise words from my sixth graders. We took our first steps as writers together and I can't wait to see where this journey takes us!
"I believe you more now that I know you write too."
"You know how hard it is because we see you working with us."