What I Did on My Snow Day

Feb 2, 2011 by

It’s a snow day here in Michigan (along with many other parts of the country), so I’m using this opportunity to do some catching up.  One thing I did was register for the spring MRA (Michigan Reading Association) conference which, in my opinion, is such a bargain!  I’m looking forward to hearing some of the country’s leading literacy professionals and children’s book authors next month.  I’m most excited to hear Donalyn Miller the author of my new favorite book The Book Whisperer. Read more about this on my previous blogpost about her.

Another thing I did today was a little web surfing.  I found a site that I haven’t had time to fully explore yet, but just had to share it with you.  It’s called Not For Robots.  Under the title on the homepage is this caption:

“Writing is hard. People for whom writing is not hard are robots and should go away. Thank you.” 

That alone enticed me to explore the site!  Yesterday I had a conversation with a teacher about how hard writing is for kids and how hard it is to teach writing.  Over the years I have definitely found some strategies that take the mystery out of writing for my students, but it’s still hard work.  Anyone who says otherwise is lying!  The Not for Robots site consists of a series of articles written by a professional writer.  She shares her secrets, insights, techniques, and frustrations with the writing process.  It’s an entertaining, informative, refreshing read about the real journey of a writer.  Lots of wisdom we can share with our young writing protégés in our classrooms.

That got me thinking about some other great sources we can use to help our students get the inside scoop on the writing process and show them that, yes, writing is hard work, but persistence does pay off.  These are all picture books about the writing process:

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