Actually, the focus on professional writing created a drive and ambition--and a professionalism to the writing that we did. It's 2:00 p.m., and we won't leave until 8:00. Ginny, from Willard, leaned over to me and said we needed a couple of more days.
I could have been worried that we didn't have 20 people, but like I told Laura, we are small but powerful. We are just trying to grow and create leaders for our site. I felt like Laura--worried that there was not going to be enough people, but when I saw everyone in their small writing groups--hunched over the tables, writing and books in front of them, participating in intense discussions, I knew that we had exactly the right group. It was perfect.
Here's an overview of our writing:
- Ginny is writing about her reluctant readers and writers in her junior and senior applied communications class.
- Laura is writing about talk in peer writing conferences.
- Joe is writing about his college composition course (Writing II) and his experiences teachingit this summer.
- Karin, a new creative writing lecturer at a local university, is writing about teaching her courses.
- Beth, a college professor, is researching and writing about her experience teaching a senior English class at a rural high school.
- Larry was recording his experiences as a first year teacher.
- Connie wrote about the lessons she learned for all students based on her student with Asperger's.
- Alicia wrote about self-regulated learning in a writing classroom.
- John wrote about his first year experiences with crazy parents.
- Kelly wrote about how journal writing and writing a healing.
- JoAnn wrote about her class of all boys in an experimental writing class she organized.
- Barb wrote about the blogging that was going on in her classroom.
The food was wonderful, and the schedule was beautifully arranged. We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful fall day. The work felt so productive.