What a great way to start the institute!
We learned from famous people (Stephen King), we wrote (with the smellies prompt activity), we reflected on reading ("Because Writing Matters"), we listened to amazing writing (Leah and Anne's learning autobiographies), and we saw a model workshop (Denise's fiction writing workshop).
Throughout the day, I heard us saying how we were reminded of Stephen King thoughts on the writing process. He talked about following the thin, red string under the baseboard to see what is revealed -- I feel like we are just grasping that string here at the beginning of the institute and we will follow it through the summer and fall and see what it reveals.
After introductions, we felt like we needed some follow-up questions answered:
Question: Dustin, where are you playing tonight and what do you play?
Answer: The Depot in Gardner and playing drums.
If anyone is feeling share-y, please post a snippet (or more) of what you wrote during our "Smellies Prompt" writing activity as a comment .
We discussed the "Because Writing Matters" reading using the Save the Last Word for Me protocol. If you would like to revise or tweak this for use in your classroom, feel free! Here's the a link to the protocol.
I don't know about you, but two lines stick with me from the learning autobiographies. I love imagining Anne's English teacher who "had a body built for grading" and I can imagine Leah's classroom after discussing their favorite books, where "the love of reading was so ripe, it was falling off the trees."
"I changed his name to Jack Delaney and he wouldn't shut up."
"Words can get in the way of what you're trying to say." -- Joseph Conrad