Dear Teacher… {Six-Word Wednesday}

I recently shared six-word stories, one of my favorite writing forms, with my high school students, on a day we could actually breathe a little.

 Any more, these days are few and far between.  No observers.  No guests.  No testing.

 Just time to write. Creatively.

Makes me miss (even more!) the days when Reading/Writing Workshop was the foundation of my then-middle and later-high school reading classes.

After a brief intro to six-word stories that included my collection of nearly 1,000 six-word stories written by my HS students the past three years and showing the Smith Mag web site, my kiddos were ready to dive in.  I made it an optional writing activity, since it was really our Independent Reading/SSR day ~ a rarity this year, scheduled for 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, and any extra day I can build in.

Within five minutes, the basket of blank index cards was empty and students were asking for more.  I collected a little over 100 six-word stories that day!  And every day since last week, I find more six-word stories in the designated basket near my desk. 

Found this one yesterday, from a student who said last week, “I can’t stop writing six-word stories in my head!”

 

Lindsey's message to all of us...
Lindsey’s message to all of us… (in 6)
Thanks, Lindsey! I promised to pass it along… 🙂   Let’s hope they’re listening.

 

p.s. ~ For Orange is the New Black fans, there’s an interesting connection between Piper Kerman’s memoir and this writing form. You can read about it [here]. Might have to do a little research …..

 

Writing: Six-Word Wednesday

It’s Six-Word Wednesday…..  

tell your story in six words
Writing ’til the voices stop…. maybe.
What’s YOUR story??

Six-Word Wed: Graduation Realities

Female high school student looking sadly at diploma

Graduation approaches; seniors realizing….

they’re not.

It’s that time of year again ~ when the seniors I’ve worked with all year – some lazy, some hesitant, some struggling – are realizing their efforts, or lack of, are leading to the painful realization of four weeks remaining and twelve years without a diploma. Tears have begun. Desperation palpable. I wish I could bottle this feeling and share it with incoming seniors in August.

Perhaps I can.  Words are powerful….. 

Six-Word Wed: Celebrate Librarians/Media Specialists!

The Many Hats of a Librarian PosterAlways endless effort, media specialists ROCK!
(6)

 

In the twenty years I’ve been teaching and training fellow teachers, I’ve often said our school’s Media Specialist is one of our most important resources.  He or she wears so many hats and now more than ever, has an expanded role that requires much more knowledge and ability to juggle.

Thank you for keeping our classrooms, training sessions, testing, etc … running smoothly every day of the school year and throughout the summer!  I appreciate you greatly!

Thank you Note on Typewriter

I stumbled on to @cybrarian77, Ms. Julie Greller’sblog [here] while researching National Library Week.  What a great example of today’s media specialists!