“Off you go,” said Nosito. “Go to your table and start drawing and writing your story.” Her tone was cheery, conveying that she had complete confidence that every child in the class would think of a story to write, draw that story across the pages of a book, and then write the story, too.
The children each had a three-page booklet and pencil at their table. Some wrote words. Many drew their stories.
Teachers watched Nosito have a brief conference with a student, then fanned out across the class to have their own. “Read me what you’ve written,” followed by “tell me more,” and, after some appreciative listing, “You should definitely add that,” were heard at each table.
When one child did not want to write, Nosito had a mini coaching conference with the student on the carpet. The teachers watched and learned as she tried various engagement strategies.