Two months ago I had a free for all with my students (as so often happens). It all started at 9AM the day before. I told them that we were going to talk about “what good writes do”. We weren’t going to engage in the activity until later the following day, but I wanted them to start thinking about the subject matter — not formally …. I just wanted to prepare them.
The next day I split them into 3 groups. There was “no pressure”, I just wanted them to throw some ideas around. After some time (when the hum of activity started to die down) we came together as a class and I opened the floor. We talked about “what good writers do” and I wrote their ideas down on chart paper (now there’s a blast from the past). (Note: I was not so much the leader, but rather the facilitator & recorder.) We also voted on one key word to highlight/colour code in every “idea”.
& So … if you were a fly on my classroom wall this is what you would see; here’s what we came up with: (… I wonder what your students would say to you if presented with the same question?)
Good writers …….
… express their ideas – they aren’t afraid or ashamed. They are risk-takers. They are playful … they explore …. they get messy.