Awards & Recognition
- UCMWP Teacher Consultant
My local Writing Project has had the most powerful influence on me as a teacher, period! Not only did it open my eyes to writing as a process, it also introduced me to intelligent and knowledgeable colleagues I’ve collaborated, learned, and shared with over the past ten years. It changed my way of looking at writing and inspired me to become a true “writing” teacher.
I never felt confident as a writer, but my local Writing Project gave me the confidence I needed to write in front of my students daily. I learned that the writing process is not linear, but flows. This has helped me work through my struggles as a writer. I’ve also realized that prewriting is an important part of my writing process that I can’t overlook or rush through when I sit down to write.
Becoming a Teacher Consultant and representing UCMWP has allowed me to learn from other teachers, as well as impact teachers and their students throughout the county. The knowledge I gain from collaborating with other Writing Project Teacher Consultants has helped me gain confidence that transfers into my classroom. The impact I have on my students and the students within my county is evident when I read student writing and speak to teachers I’ve met throughout the years.
One “Aha” moment I took away from the Writing Project is that students must write every day, and that I must write with them! By the sixth week of school, my students know that they will be writing, and I will be writing. If we’re not writing, they are asking for an explanation! Assigning writing is not teaching writing.
There are countless books to choose from and numerous great authors, but my favorites are any of the books written by Ralph Fletcher. He presents his beliefs about writing and strategies for how to effectively teach writing. I also recommend Notebook Know-How by Aimee Buckner because she gives detailed and accessible strategies for how to get students writing and thinking in their writing notebooks.