As we round out the 2014-2015 academic school year, I would like share our Year-In-Review from us here at TTT and dedicate it to all of our loyal and contributing teacher friends who share in our experiences throughout the year. Playing with the Reading Writing Workshop model is always exhilarating and fresh and exciting and freeing and thought-provoking. It’s always propelling us, as educators, to break through barriers and teach with our most authentic teaching souls.
So, to capture the essence of how we have all explored the model this school year; here are highlights that allow us to celebrate the risks, the questions, the stumbles, the ‘ah-ha’s, the setbacks, and of course…the successes. As we are all still progressing through this last month of our current school year, we hope that resurfacing some of our favorite moments will ignite the fire that keeps us all educating with fierce passion, deep inquiry, and continual evolution.
First up: The lovely Amy Rasmussen who never ceases to amaze all of us with her wit, wisdom, and wildly insightful thinking. Here is a woman who has taken the RWW by storm and has not looked back; the only time she does is to pick up, dust off, and gently guide those who are trying to find their way through the process. She is an excellent mentor and extraordinary educator who ensures that her Advanced Placement students are gifted the wonders of the RWW. Here is a collection of how Amy has guided us through the intricacies of customizing the RWW for our own learners:
Next: Jackie Catcher’s name could not be more appropriate. We know the catcher’s responsibility on the field is to guide the team to strategic success; Jackie does the same infield – in her classroom. She moves her students with her unyielding dedication through continual infused literacy by craftily customizing projects and lessons that engage students. She is a powerhouse who, through all the struggles and obstacles of a second year educator, never ceases to find innovative ways to educate and inspire. Most importantly, she is always a learner first and shares her inquiry with others to not only think collectively, but to create success-driven solutions. Here is some of her story:
Thirdly: The always-invigorating Shana Karnes. Shana is a shining light to her students, yet her light shines brightly for the world of evolving educators as well. She is open to sharing her passion, her innovative thinking, and the way she creatively customizes the RWW for her students in the throws of West Virginia. Shana never loses sight of how vital piles and piles of literature are for the growth of her young readers and emerging writers. She knows how to roll up her sleeves and do the work right beside her scholars. It is through the sheer joy of all things literacy, that Shana explores the world of the RWW:
Rounding it out: Erika Bogdany. Through the RWW I have challenged my students, and they in turn, have challenged me. They push me continually with their own inquiries and want to be more fluid writers. They challenge my writing by offering suggestions and insight that I have bestowed upon them; the gift of creating a safe community for all learners to read, write, risk, and share. It is through the RWW that students find pride in their work, volume in their voice, crafted secrets in their writing, and beauty in themselves. It is with passion and grace that students flutter and flop; yet learn how to fly:
We hope that our moment of reflection and celebration continues to provide you ideas and inspiration throughout the remaining time you have with your unique readers and writers this year. We’d love to continue hearing your voices, feedback, and generous insight while we round out this school year…and look forward to the year ahead!