Writing small moment stories with independence

“First graders—you started to write stories yesterday,” Nosito said, encouragingly. “Some of you are writing about a visit to the park or grocery story. I know others are writing about scraping your knees or feeding your pets.”

“Writers, put your thumb on your knee if you have an idea for your story,” Nosito said to the students. 

“Teachers—this is a good silent way to involve students,” she continued, without taking her eyes off of the learners.

 “Writers, tell your story to the person next to you,” directed Nosito. “Teachers—the better children are able to tell a story the better they will be able to write it.”

Katonah-Lewisboro Expands Partnership with Teachers College

 This was Increase Miller Elementary School's first meeting with a Teachers College staff developer this year. All elementary school classroom teachers, grouped by school and by grade, will have five meetings between October and June. The visits include the staff developer modeling the structures, methods and expectations of a rigorous writing workshop for a group of watching teachers. After each in-class session, the staff developer leads a study group for the teachers in which they design whole-class and small group teaching based on students’ needs.

"TCRWP’s workshop approach to teaching writing empowers students to work with independence and agency and creates a community of writers," said Porcelli. "Similarly, TCRWP’s staff development model encourages a professional learning community, as teachers learn and try out various teaching methods alongside one another in a labsite classroom and have opportunities to receive and give one another feedback on the spot."

This is the third year that Katonah-Lewisboro is partnering with Teachers College. The partnership extends to the middle school this year.  Teachers and administrators will also hone their work as literacy leaders through small group sessions, conferences, and workshops.