Confession of a Writer’s Workshop Loather
Hi. My name is Traci. I hate Writer’s Workshop.
As in loathe it…greatly…with passion. I know. I’m sorry. But it’s true.
Don’t read that as I hate teaching writing. No, no. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE teaching writing.
But that hasn’t always been the case.
I spent my first few teaching years trying to do Writer’s Workshop. It frustrated me to no end! I couldn’t figure out how to manage it well with ALL of my kiddos. Those “blocks” had me pulling my hair out. I had a hard time finding the consistency, clarity and simplicity that I needed.
I came to the conclusion that I just simply couldn’t do it as successfully as I’d like with 6-year olds. They were not all churning out work that was truly filled with quality. They weren’t all “getting it”. AND, it took for.ev.er! It wasn’t working for me, so in turn, it wasn’t working for my kiddos.
I sucked at it. I found myself avoiding major writing projects just so I could avoid Writer’s Workshop. I started collecting books on teaching writing in a desperate search for something to help me with Writer’s Workshop and that dreaded writing block in the middle of my day.
|These are just a few of the survivors. I have no problems with trashing things. I’m just not a saver. Don’t judge! ;-P|
Day 4 – Convert those sentences to a final draft paragraph.