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Dr. Joanne Meier
Along with her background as a professor, researcher, writer, and teacher, Joanne Meier is a mom. Join Joanne every week as she shares her experiences raising her own young readers, and guides parents and teachers on the best practices in reading.
I like writer's workshop
I like writer's workshop.
There. I said it! I like writer's workshop. It's like a confession for me...someone who has spent a lot of time thinking about things like density of instructional time, explicit instruction in skills-based groups, and more. But, I'll say it again: I like writer's workshop. Good 'ol time to sit and think and write.
I've watched both my girls absolutely flourish when given the opportunity to write, share, and publish. Both started off tentatively and complaining that they didn't have anything to write about. And then, it clicked.
It's REALLY clicked with Anna, who has been heard this week to say, "I'll be right there, just let me finish this story," "Here Mommy, I wrote your grocery list for you," and perhaps my favorite, "Here's my story Mom. But look out — there's a scary part in there!"
Wow. My 5 year old has found her voice. And it's just beautiful!
Want to watch teachers in action and hear Barbara Foorman talk about writer's workshop? It's here.