Fast forward to Friday morning the first creative writing workshop class. Um, I know it won't be always this seamless, but I cant express enough how different it went than my negative nelly self thought it would. We began by reading Miss Nelson is Missing. I mainly chose this book because it shows children and teachers relationships , which is always good to discuss at the beginning of the year. Truthfully though, the real inspiration behind that book choice is because the Orlando Shakespeare theater will be showing this book as a play and I thought it would be a wonderful experience for all the kindergartners to meet at the play on a Saturday.
After we read the book we talked about writing, and how they would become authors and how they are very capable I Instantly saw hands raised and I was told, "Mrs, Manthe, I don't know how to write" This one was one of my fears, that they would not be able to overcome the perception that unless you know how to spell every word it isn't good writing. These types of apprehensions were squashed way easier than I imagined. After discussing that these are their journals to write about all the wonderful ideas and thoughts that go on in their brains and all they have to do is just sound out the words as best they can and just try, They believed me when I told them that they can write, with or without perfectly spelled words. Within minutes we were off and they all were focused and enthralled with the writing process. And to prove myself completely wrong, the one child that I really felt was going to be my most reluctant writer was the one that wrote almost two pages, and even took it back to class to write some more, All in all I would say it was a complete success.
STINKING THINKING- 0 POSITIVE LEARNING EXPERIENCE- 1