Writing With Influence: Day Three Final Thoughts 2015

Take-Aways:

“Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten…”

~Natasha Bedingfield

18 thoughts on “Writing With Influence: Day Three Final Thoughts 2015”

  1. My take aways from this conference are that I was always right to read resource books to my kids, I was correct in knowing that I needed a diverse classroom library, and that to truly evolve as a writer students need examples of what they want to write about. I have a cart full of new mentor books to add to my collection waiting to be purchased and I will be completely reinventing the use of my current resource books-now to be termed mentor texts. I do feel more prepared to link writing to every concept I am going to teach and I feel that my teaching style has been validated. Thanks again for your preparation and effort Val. It did not go unnoticed.

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  2. My take aways from this conference are the different ways that I will use different stories to teach writing. Students need to see great examples of writing to be able to produce the same. I also feel more comfortable teaching the three different types of writing that we discussed. I feel more prepared to teach writing as well. I won’t be able to use every single idea that was presented, but I feel that I will be able to successfully implement many if these ideas this year. I also realize that this will take time as well. Thank you again Val for a great three days and sharing the great things that you do with your kids. Hope you have a great year!

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    1. Brandon,
      Your increased comfort level is huge! I am thrilled for you. You have to go slow to go fast… so take your time and be confident! Thanks for your energy in the room.
      Val

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  3. The last three days have been fantabulous! I have too many take aways about which to wrap my brain at the moment, and ideas for lesson design are swirling to and fro in my head, like leaves in the fall. It was validating to know that I am doing great things with my kids, and I accept Val’s tips so that I can take my teaching to the next level.

    Boys and Girls, do you see what I did there? 😉

    I mentioned to a couple people an annolighting technique we use centered on the concept of MEAL plan. Capella University’s Writing Center resources are free to the general public, so here is a link to the basic MEAL handout:www.capella.edu/…/onlineWritingCenter/…/handoutMEALPlan2006.pdf

    We changed the colors to M (blue), E (green), A (yellow), L (pink) because we had those colors. Yes, the loss of purple broke my heart, but, alas, I am a team player and made the sacrifice.

    Let’s keep in touch and share mentor texts! My emails are ozsomebs@gmail.com and Lisa.bompiani@glsd.us.

    Valerie, you rock socks!

    P&L,
    Lisa

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      1. Erin,
        Ditto! Best of luck in your new position. You’ll be great. Please keep me posted on all of the wonderful writing you are doing with your group this year!
        Val

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    1. Lisa,
      Thanks for your thoughtful reflections and for sharing! You are a wealth of knowledge and we were lucky to have you in the room these past three days. Sharing mentor texts is a wonderful way to keep in touch! Thanks so much for your never ending enthusiasm for learning. It’s a gift!
      Val

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      1. Val and all Colleagues,
        When teacher’s voluntarily attend summer inservices, you know there is a spark of passion that exceeds many others.
        These past three days have given me ideas how to share the writing process with colleagues.
        I am looking forward to more learning from/with you.
        Thank you,
        Lisa

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  4. I am not even sure where to begin with my take aways from the last three days. I feel like my head is swimming with new ideas and I feel validated in my thoughts and in the way I have taught writing in the past. I now feel that I have so many new tips and strategies to improve my lessons and reach great heights. I will slow some of the lessons down by adding in more mentor texts, more modeling, and more guided practice. I feel like I can look at mentor texts so differently now. I am confident that if I put to practice many of the incredible lessons and tips modeled and shown by Val, my students will become fabulous writers. I know that I could go on and on about all that we learned, but I will just stop and say:_WOW WOW WOW WOW! Although my mind feels like it is filled to the max, I hope to take some time over the next week or so and to sort some of it out and make a general outline of some plans. I can’t wait to dive in and swim upstream! With Val’s help and the sharing that was done in class, I feel sure that the current will be one that can be overcome and when the ripples try to overtake me, I know email works well! Thanks again!

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    1. Suzie,

      I cannot imagine these last three days without your enthusiasm in the room. You were a sponge and I swear I could see your brain sorting, planning, thinking, and just taking it all in. You’re a pro. I have no doubt you will take everything you learned and run with it!

      Enjoy!
      Val

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  5. I am so enlightened and inspired by everyone in this group! I am so excited to take writing to a whole new level… one step at a time! I LOVE the idea of mentor texts and have been looking for more resources– but I am also going to purchase the selections you shared with us! Thank you thank you THANK YOU!!!!

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  6. Val, THANK YOU for the last three days of PD. They were so valuable to me. I have many take aways and I CANNOT wait to use them all! I have about 2 1/2 weeks left and I want to do some follow up reading so that I can sort this out and know where to begin. I am currently reading A Guide to the Writing Workshop by Calkins and Notebook Know-How by Buckner. My colleagues and I plan to meet next week to come up with a plan on how we want our writing schedule to look like for this year so we can stay organized and on top of things. Wish us luck!! We may be emailing you with tips or questions…
    Again, your passion for teaching writing is contagious and you made me excited to get back to the classroom and start writing!!!!

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  7. I’m sorry that it has taken me a few days to respond! My takeaways from these three days are that I now understand how to organize what I’ve had in my head for the past too-many-to-mention years. Writing has always been an issue for me to TEACH. I love to write, and consider myself a good writer. My dream as a teenager was to be a writer for SNL..but that didn’t quite work out! I only get to write parody songs at school when teachers retire 🙂

    I have had difficulties helping kids learn to write because I didn’t know exactly how to present it. I think I was ‘all over the place’. This is something that has always bothered me about colleges. NO ONE teaches you how to teach writing. I never had a ‘teaching elementary writing’ class. I don’t know how that can be still the norm, but I’m guessing it is. Now, I have a starting point, and tons of ideas to help my kids become little SNL writers, in an organized and meaningful way. THANK YOU and I am going to continue to go to any workshop, class, conference that is offered because I think you are awesome, Val! Thanks again!

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  8. Fantastic 3 days, Val! I am rejuvenated and ready to tackle the reciprocity of reading and writing.

    I wanted to share this (another Corbett Harrison steal – from his argument writing section on the site) – this could work well with argument along with boxes and bullets and the claim/counterclaim activities we did on Day 3.

    Scroll down until you see the anchor charts where the writer takes on an issue from 3 perspectives. Pretty cool. http://writingfix.com/genres/persuasive.htm

    Thanks, Val! ❤

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    1. Melissa,
      What a great site! He has some truly amazing resources to utilize. Love the anchor charts and most importantly the authentic teaching he incorporates in the construction of those charts.
      Thanks for sharing!
      Val

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  9. An awesome mentor text for discussing what goes into good writing, writer’s block, etc. “Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street” – if you google it, you can find a free PDF download with the full text in color as well as other materials.

    Enjoy!
    Melissa

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