Tuesday, July 27, 2010

My Poem Writing Year #118 - Writing

by Hope LV (years ago)

This poem is dedicated to all writing workshop teachers.  Both this week and next, I will have the opportunity to work with the dedicated teachers of the Iroquois Central School District.  These teachers are taking off with writing workshops in their classrooms this fall, and I admire their grass roots desire to learn about teaching writing and to take it on.

In the early 1990s, I had the good fortune to study under Lucy Calkins at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Teachers College, Columbia University.  At that time, the office was full of staff developers and teachers including: Randy Bomer, Katherine Bomer, Katie Wood Ray, Carl Anderson, Isoke Nia, Sharon Hill, Karen Caine, Kathy Collins, Kate Montgomery, Pam Allyn, and many more.  I still learn from these teachers today.

Those years of pouring coffee, making copies, listening carefully, and eventually working in classrooms changed my life: writing life, teaching life, mothering life.  I learned that we can do what we believe we can do and what others believe we are capable of.


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  1. Thank you for the wonderful day today at the writing workshop training. I can't wait to take the writing journey with my kindergarten students this year!

  2. Laura,
    Thank you too! I am very much looking forward to learning about K writers alongside you and your colleagues this year. Happy trip to Maine!