07 Nov Slice of Life: I Never Knew That is What Writers Do #SOL17
So what are you going to write about today?
I don’t know.
Did you talk it out with your partner?
Yup. Still don’t know.
Her eyes meet mine, daring me to ask again. I don’t take the bait.
Ok. Sounds like that’s the work you need to do as a writer today.
What do you mean? I can’t write. I don’t have a topic.
Well, finding your topic is writing. It may just be the most important part of writing. You know what you need to do as a writer today, so off you go.
She didn’t move for a minute. She watched me to see if I was really serious. Then she set off to her writing spot.
As I moved around the room conferring with partners I noticed she was writing. I decided to check in with her.
I see you are writing.
Yeah. I am writing about the time when my cat died.
Wow. That is going to be a powerful story. I can’t wait to read it. Seemed like finding a topic was easier than you thought it would be.
Well, I never knew that finding my topic was writing. I just thought I was bad at writing. Now that I know not knowing what to write is writing, I think I am better at it. I just never knew.
Some days it’s the little moves we make … and more often than not it’s the ones we don’t even realize we are making that impact the readers and writers in our classrooms. Writing is messy, slow at times, and never the same way twice. Once we help our students embrace the process they may see themselves in a whole new light.