July 2007 Archives

My three-week course with ten accomplished women is done, and there is a 696-sized hole in my life. I’m not sure when I will next be able to carve three hours per morning out of my life to write hard and workshop with motivated colleagues. “Voices from the Classroom” was a fantastic first run of a course that deserves to go again. It filled a need. Teachers are dying for permission to tell their tales, and the gift of time and support to do it. On the last day of class, we applied the finishing touches to our pieces ...

I. I never could resist a pun But I’ve also learned in writing Not to push away ideas even if they seem at first Like fleeting shapes amidst the branches of a distant tree Shimmering in the summer heat II. I saw blackboards against the night sky at 2:27 am Doggedly wrestling the ideas into what I thought would be a post Then showed it to Alyssa the next morning in the class I teach about publishing She said I needed to figure out what I was trying to say with some discovery writing With all the publishing ...

Week one of “Voices from the Classroom” centered on writing for ourselves as teacher-researchers and observers of our own classrooms. We formed groups based on the type of end product we intend to produce, wrote daily, and workshopped. I always ask myself, when I teach, if the most important thing is at the heart of the class. So far, yes. Our speaker was Gail Ritchie, FCPS and GMU teacher-research guru who gave us a mini version of a course she teaches. One thing that struck me as she shared a flow chart was the necessity for fluidity of thought. Reflective ...

I’m starting to teach a new course this week, and feel both excited and nervous. For starters, I’m not quite sure what to call it. Fairfax County, offering it as an “Academy” course (our name for professional development), calls it “7497- Research in Writing and Learning.” George Mason, offering it via the Northern Virginia Writing Project as a 3-credit graduate course, calls it “English/Education 696.” I think of it as “Voices from the Classroom,” because it is a writing course for teachers with a special emphasis on publishing. Participants may be teacher-researchers who are ready to share ...


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