a starting point
a high five
a kind gentle word
@Mandy E Robek
Our distance learning journey was brightened each day by working with Amy Ludwig Vanderwater's Keeping a Notebook Series. At first when my teaching world had been turned upside down, I used exclusively Amy's daily videos for my writing instruction. I watched and observed teaching moves she made to guide her audience. I watched my students connect and respond to her ideas growing their own writing. During our morning meeting responses I started getting a "high five Mrs. Robek, just like Miss Amy." After spring break, we began a poetry unit and I continued using Amy's generous sharing. As my student's shared their writing with me, I began noticing teaching moves I could make to help accelerate their writing or reinforce an idea Amy shared. Our writing workshop grew. We'd watch Miss Amy's video and then I would try Miss Amy's idea in my notebook - snapping a picture to share and recording my thinking over the photo using the tool Seesaw. Sometimes, a few students would address Miss Amy in their writing sharing with a connection, wondering, or telling her they wanted to do something different today as a writer. Distance doesn't seem like the right word here for our learning together. Our continuous structure and repeated visits brought connections - we had connected learning. Thank you Amy for making something challenging doable. Hugs. XO. - Mandy
Thank you Carol at Beyond LiteracyLink for hosting Poetry Friday this week.