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Teaching writing is one of my most favorite things to do! I have spent a lot of time learning about how to be a better writing teacher. I have learned from the best -- Ralph Fletcher, Regie Routman, Kate Messner, Lucy Caulkins, & Aimee Buckner, to name just a few.
Every one of the books I've read about teaching writing talks about how important it is to share my own writing with my students. This was a problem....
(Panic sets in....)
I don't write....I TEACH writing.
(What ever will I share?)
As it turns out, these two concepts -- being a writing teacher and being a writer -- are mutually beneficial. Doing one helps make you better at the other. It's a win-win!
So I'm making a conscious effort to do more writing this summer. As I was blog stalking today and checking in with Shannon at I Run, Read, Teach, I read about a very fun summer writing opportunity from author/writing expert Kate Messner called Teachers Write 2013. I had never heard of Teachers Write so of course, I had to check it out!
What is Teachers Write 2013? It's like an online writing camp for teachers!
As Kate says on her blog:
Our goal is to provide opportunities and encouragement for writing, learning, and sharing, with support from published authors who donate their time to visit and join our conversations.
Sounds like an amazing opportunity!
So this is my opportunity to start building MY writing portfolio so I can share some writing with my students. If you are interested in writing, I encourage you to check it out! Teachers Write 2013 is being held June 24th - August 12th. (Yes, June 24th was this past Monday but it's not too late to get started.) This online program is FREE and sounds like it will be lots of fun!