The NPR NewsPoet monthly feature is out again today! For all of you who have fallen in love with this for teaching kids about poets and giving them access to the “inside thinking” of actual poets — here’s the link.
Yesterday, our staff had the luxury of working with consultant Cory Gillette. We were doing some work around constructing our teaching in terms of skills accomplished by using strategies. It sounds simple, but it takes some work!
Here are a few of the take-aways for our group:
- a skill is something that you can use across genre or writing settings
- a strategy is something that you can state succinctly in steps and provides a way of “doing” the skill
- an activity is neither a skill nor a strategy! It is something you do on that day, at that time. It lacks the transferability of skills and strategies.
We brainstormed this list of skill areas for writing (by no means exhaustive nor exclusive — just a brain dump)
- motivation — writing behaviors — stamina
- audience — sense of purpose