#TeachersWrite Experience

Displaying Photo note

I am loving my experience with #TeachersWrite so far. After my first week, I actually have a piece of writing. Yay! I know if I want to be a better writing teacher, I need to write. The #TeachersWrite blog is just I need for guidance to overcome the fear I’ve always had about writing. If you are interested in checking it out, click here. It links to author Kate Messner and her blog. (By the way, if you have not read THE SEVENTH WISH, by Kate Messner, you must.)

Now, for the brave, getting over the fear, part of this process. My work in progress is below. Feel free to comment and share what works for you, what does not, and any suggestions for improvement.


He just does not understand! I do not want a dog, I need a dog. When I am terrified after waking up from a nightmare, a dog will be there to comfort me. When grief takes over my body like a disease, a dog will love me.

“Dad, I will pay the adoption fee, pick up the poop, feed him. I swear I will!”

“Rrr,” Dad grunted, shutting the office door behind him.

Defeat washed over me like a wave. I’m drowning. I slowly trudge up the stairs and plop down on my bed.

“Rrr,” I grunt.


The Zone

Today, a student of mine missed the entire transition directions. When he realized what happened, he stated, “I was in the Art Zone, just like when I’m in the Reading Zone. Larry Ferlazzo refers to this zone as “Flow.” My student was so engrossed into his work that he lost track of everything going on around him. He was in the Learning Zone or “Flow.”

To hear him refer to the Reading Zone in comparison to his experience with Art today made me proud. This child clearly knows how exciting learning can be. After reading Nancie Atwell’s book, The Reading Zone,” this summer, I set up my classroom, starting day one, discussing the Reading Zone. Our one goal during the thirty minute reading time is to get into, and stay, in the Zone. You can read more about this in my previous post, Students Devouring Books-How I Accomplished this in my Classroom. 

Students have entered the Zone during choice reading time all year long. Genius Hour has facilitated this process as well, allowing students to pursue their passions. But how do I make this possible more often, and in more subject areas? How do I intentionally plan and teach, the way I did with reading, the Zone in the other subject areas? 

I’m definitely proud of fostering the love of reading and learning in each student this year, but I know there is so much more I can do. Thoughts?