Today I decided to share the personal narrative I am currently writing alongside my students. In order to learn along with my students, I write a piece for each unit as well. Then, as I teach them strategies for revising, I use my writing to model the revision moves. This year I decided to write about a small moment setting up the Christmas tree several years ago.
“Be careful!” I warned Troy.
Troy climbed the ladder slowly. The star in his hand, reaching up. The star was almost at the top of the tree. As he climbed, I backed up onto the back of the couch to take a picture, making sure I could get the whole tree in the frame.
I know what you are thinking, Troy fell of the ladder onto the tree. But, no…Unfortunately, we had moved the couch and it wasn’t against the wall anymore. Therefore, with me on the back, the couch wasn’t balanced and it fell backward, taking me with it. I fell flat on my back.
Troy was safe on the ladder, laughing hysterically at his mother.
You are amazing! Each teacher from your past has told me how wonderful you are as a group and they are not exaggerating!
Thank you for all of the notes and pictures that you have made for me. To spend you quiet time making me pictures shows how kind and considerate you are. You are already cooperative, assertive, responsible, empathetic students with quite a bit of self control. Now you have words to describe all of your positive attributes and you are building on them each day. It is because of you that I can be the nice, fun teacher you claim I am.
Your writing stamina, ideas, and enthusiasm has grown so much over the last week! Only one week of writing workshop and you are hooked! I love reading all of your writing: lists, fictional stories, letters. Your topics are so diverse and entertaining! Letters to Taylor Swift, each other, and even tacos! Fictional stories about robotic ducks and a fight between Spiderman and Venom over a Starbucks card! I can’t wait to read what else you have inside you waiting to come out on paper this year! Enjoy decorating your notebooks this weekend!
I hope to give you an environment that allows you to take risks and grow this year! You will learn and grow as students and young people, I promise you that. I can’t wait for all of the adventures we will have together this school year!