Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Workshop Highlights: Katherine Bomer's "Jewels Waiting to Be Set: Naming Beauty and Brilliance in ALL Student Writing"

How to learn to notice and name jewels in student writing:
  1. Read widely
  2. Write
  3. Look at art (all kinds) / Art feeds art
  4. Copy from blurbs on backs of books
What I got out of this workshop:
  • Stop using the rubric as the only source of feedback to students. Give honest, encouraging feedback on good aspects of the writing.
  • There should be no correcting in a writer's notebook; it should be a safe place to practice writing.
  • Look for the good in writing.

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