I double dog dare you to try this. It's a humbling but helpful experience. After looking at my lesson plans, I believe a pattern emerged. The things my students did that actually helped them become better readers and writers were the experiences where they were authentically engrossed in real reading and real writing. The things that did not get a star were the few activities that were about literacy. Regie Routman calls this "stuff." Activities about literacy aren't necessarily evil, but I can't say for sure they moved my students on the literacy continuum. I simply hope they did. My goal is to increasingly do less of what I hope makes them better readers and writers and more of what I know will guarantee their growth as members of the literacy club. Hope just doesn't cut it.
Now it's your turn to get out the lesson plans. Be brave! I promise it won't hurt...too much.
I consider myself blessed today to share this Saturday Sayings post with a few other wonderful teachers. I know Kimberley and Crystal will have some inspiring words to share with us all. I'm off to be inspired!