One of the hardest parts of writing, in my opinion, is picking out a topic. At times, the topic just comes to me. It is something that I have been doing, or something I have been thinking about or something I have read that inspires me. But when none of that happens, it is tough just coming up with that just right topic.
This week I have been working with my coaching team to come up with how to help teachers next year work with the new Common Core State Standards writing curriculum. We know we have to increase the rigor for students. Still, one of the toughest lessons for students is to pick a topic within the genre they are studying. So, if that is such a difficult task for adults, how to we help children handle it?
Again and again we say: "As a teacher, whatever you are asking your students to do, you have to also do." The other advice is: "Model, model, model!" We can't be afraid to show our students that we, too, have those struggles. By sharing our struggles students will be more comfortable taking risks and feel safe in their community of writers when they do.
Okay, for me not having any idea what I was going to write about tonight, going "cold" came out pretty good!