I am really excited. Last evening I met with the instructors of our Writing Project’s Young Writers Academy. You could feel the excitement in the room. We had some great discussions.
I am really pleased that we have four returning teachers and three newbies to the program. The “old pros” really welcomed the new people and did lots to help alleviate any fears and concerns they may have had. Sometimes it is hard for someone who is use to following a strict classroom regime to let themselves go and enjoy the freedom of teaching that Young Writers allows them.
This was quite evident as we discussed each instructor’s plans for the week. The seasoned instructors spoke in generalities saying what they wanted to accomplished by the end of the week while giving examples of mini-lessons they would do during the week to get to that goal.
The new people gave more detailed lesson plans…almost a minute-by-minute account of what they will do each day. It is good to over plan, but I hope they are not too disappointed if they find that they don’t get done all they expect. I think the one thing they are forgetting is that the students who attend the Academy are there there because they choose to be not because they have to be. This makes a world of difference in what is done and produced during the week. The students are there to write.
I know that we will have a successful Young Writers Academy this year. With the talent and energy that was in that room last evening how can we not? Working with these professionals means that I can just sit back and enjoy the week. I will be there, but I won’t have to worry about what is going on in each session thanks to Jason, Leigh Ann, Cindy, Sara, Christina, Melissa, and Hannah.
As a side note, there was also food at the meeting. After all, you can’t expect teachers to come to a two hour meeting after school and not provide food. Thanks to Julie, our site director, for providing pizza and soda. I took a Jewish apple cake. Hey, apples are fruit and fruit is good for you.