November 15 was “I Love to Write Day!”
Or so says a blog I follow.
I challenged our elementary EL teachers to do something creative with their groups, something for the love of writing–not for the love of ISTEP.
Oh wait. We don’t love ISTEP? Then why do we spend all day prepping for it?
Nicole had fun with her students by scrapping paper for the day and only using the white board for writing. She drew paper on the white board for the students to use. Fun, right?
Lena’s students had fun with a silly writing game. Start by writing down one question using a W word (who, what, where, when, why). Fold the paper down. Pass it on. On the paper you receive, write the answer…to your question! So “Who is Christopher Columbus?” could be answered with “a sunken ship,” which really was the answer to “What is the Titanic?” A sneaky academic tidbit: learning what types of questions need to be answered with what types of responses–who: person, what: thing, where: location, when: time, why: reason.
Johanna’s students did some e-mail writing.
And Amber’s students did some writing about Thanksgiving, which she was shocked to discover they knew very little about. Very little as in they eat together with their families. Done.
Yes, we love writing. And while we love it every day, it was fun to get to celebrate it in these special ways.
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