What new learning has inspired you in your career?
Two summers ago, I was able to participate in the National Writing Project's Summer Institute at the UW-Milwaukee UWMWP). Let me just say -- it changed my life!
When I went back to school to earn my teaching certification, there were certain methods courses I had to take -- reading, math, social studies, science, art...but no writing.
So as a result, when I began teaching, I had no clue how to teach writing.
My first year of teaching, we did two writing projects, both around conference time so I could show parents. That was it.
I thought this was teaching writing.
We write every day.
We publish some writing.
We share our writing with others.
We write for fun.
We write for reflection.
We call ourselves writers.
We read our writing out loud.
We revise, revise, revise.
We read with a writer's eye.
We use mentor texts when we write.
The three weeks I spent with UWMWP turned me into a WRITING teacher.
And I am now a writer myself.