AWP is part of the National Writing Project, an organization networked across the country and anchored in colleges and universities. It's mission: "The National Writing Project focuses the knowledge, expertise, and leadership of our nation's educators on sustained efforts to improve writing and learning for all learners." (http://www.nwp.org/cs/public/print/doc/about.csp).
Dedication. These ladies are perfect examples of dedicated teachers. They soaked up the new activities, research, and presentations like they were fresh, rested and ready to charge back into the classroom the next day.They shared one of their best teaching strategies and demonstrated how it was used in their classrooms.
We discussed ways to engage our students, and we shared ways to help our students learn how to communicate through writing.
AWP Teacher consultants came to the workshop to do demonstrations they had prepared. We discussed:
Motivating the Reluctant Writer
Hook, Line, and Reel Them In: Writing Great Opening Lines
Book Arts (How to make books and journals with our students
Oral History and Writing in the Primary Classroom
Appalachian Literature and Local Authors
Evaluating and Publishing Your Students’ Work
Making Writing Meaningful
Boys Will Be Writers—How to Narrow the Performance Gap Between Boys and Girls
We even went on a scavenger hunt in the library to "find" poems!
On the last day of the workshop, we used Skype technology to talk to Dr. Amy Clark, professor at UVA Wise and co-author of the book Talking Appalachian. Amy told the group about the research that went into this book, and how we, as teachers, can use it to help our students in Appalachia understand their English is not "wrong". We can teach our students that the language of their region is a "living testament to its rich heritage."
|The book contains essays and excerpts from works by authors such as George Ella Lyon and Silas House.|
Do teachers like summer vacation? Of course we do! But this group of dedicated ladies gave up a week of their summer vacation to gather a toolbox of ideas and activities for their upcoming classes. They know that the summer will speed by and soon they will be standing in front of a group of fresh faces, ready to learn!