Awards & Recognition
- SJVWP Teacher Consultant and Elementary Programming Coordinator
- BTSA Support Provider
- Member of District Curriculum Design Team
The SJVWP provides me the opportunity to network with teachers of all grades throughout the area. I have learned something from everyone I have encountered in the Writing Project and have been able to put it all to use in my classroom.
I have gained confidence in my own writing. I have overcome the mindset that I can’t write for myself and have developed into a writer who can use her writing as a mentor text when working with students and other teachers. I have been able to apply what I have learned in the writing of professional grant requests and in applications for various programs and awards. I have developed a habit of writing for my own pleasure!
The SJVWP also provides me an opportunity to share with teachers and provide encouragement and support to other teachers. Co-directing the New Teachers Writing Collaborative the last two years has provided an opportunity to mentor new teachers and help them to develop a writing plan for their classrooms. I love supporting new teachers as they find their own individual style in the classroom! During the 2014/2015 school year, I was given the opportunity to co-direct the professional development grant our site received at my own school site. The SEED (Supporting Effective Educational Development) grant allowed SJVWP to provide 30 hours of professional development to the teachers at a high needs elementary school. It was the beginning of great conversations on our campus about writing and sharing our thoughts and ideas that has been ongoing.
I believe writing is important to everyone! It is exciting that the Common Core Standards provide the opportunity to include writing in our classrooms all day long! I think it is important that we provide some time for choice in writing so our students can develop confidence in themselves as authors and build the stamina they will need in future years. In the age of texting, communicating has become abbreviated and it is up to teachers to impress upon our students the importance of “real” writing both in their personal and professional lives.
I would recommend Ten Things Every Writer Should Know by Jeff Anderson. This book has provided me with ideas and strategies to use in my classroom. It has proven to be a great conversation starter among my colleagues. Jeff Anderson’s thinking and his ideas for teaching writing have provided me with a place to begin my own thinking and development of lessons to implement within my classroom.