My friends and colleagues Whitney and Amber started the Summer Institute with North Star of TX Writing Project this morning. The school year just ended last Friday, and here these two educators sit ready for a daily and almost month-long professional development event.
I couldn’t be more proud.
Amber was my student teacher a few years ago, and Whitney was my all-time favorite ‘coachee’ the one year I tried off-campus instructional coaching. Both are dedicated, engaging, inspiring educators.
I’ve learned so much from them–definitely more than they ever learned from me.
When I attended my own SI, my teaching style turned on its head. I learned about readers/writers workshop and authentic writing instruction. I sat next to Mrs. Cato, a digital native in the truest sense, and learned about transforming instruction through the infusion of technology. I wrote. I shared what I wrote. I cried.
I changed — personally and professionally.
“Thank God,” so many of my students would say, if they only knew they should.
I am grateful for National Writing Project and especially for my own site — North Star of Texas. What a blessing to be a part of such a powerful group of educators who know what it means to be teachers as writers who teach writing.
Here’s a link to Whitney’s first blog post. She reflects beautifully on writing with her students this year.
Friends, who read this blog: How many of you are part of a writing project? Tell me more.