At a district training last week a teacher had a very specific, heart-felt question about implementing the first book in Lucy Calkins' Units of Writing series. There was a little bit of discussion following her question, but as I was flying to NYC I thought of a few more helpful responses. I realized how interesting and useful and exciting it would be to have a blog devoted to supporting the growth of SLC teachers. At that same meeting our district literacy coach compiled an anonymous list, from a previous meeting, of all the teachers' written responses to an end-of-meeting reflection sheet. These responses indicated a well of desire to learn and reach students through a workshop model of writing instruction. But this list also contained a lot of trepidation, reluctance, and fear.
I don't really know if this particular blog space will grow into a location where SLC teachers can share book recommendations, writing triumphs, etc. etc. But give me a few months, it might, it really might. Like I wrote down in my notes from one of the great conference sessions this weekend, you can only create what you can imagine. Here's what I imagine: SLC teachers and coaches as a community of writers and professionals similar to the beautiful and powerful flock in NYC at Teachers College. It could happen! Instead of yearning to be part of such a community, maybe I can help create one in the city (and for the children) I love most.