This short post will highlight two hacks (there’s that word again – not a very nice-sounding one, but it’s all the rage) that I employ during writing workshop.
The first is – my portable conferencing seat. True confession: I’ve always struggled with conferencing in the past, but with the adoption of a new writing program, I promised myself that I’d really focus on it this year. Rather than calling small groups to the table, I’ve been conferencing with individuals by checking in with them at their desks. Which requires me to a) crouch down beside their desks, b) sit on the floor while meeting with them or c) drag a classroom chair around. After trying out all three options, I settled on d) none of the above. A quick visit to amazon found me a less than $20 Coleman folding camp chair.
I take it with me from desk to desk, pop it open and voila – instant comfort! On top of the chair you see my conferencing clipboard. It opens to a storage area where I keep extra copies of my forms. When writing workshop is over, I fold up my chair and store it till next time.
Sometimes I amaze myself. Not very often, but occasionally.
One last item – the magical Flair marker/pen. I use these almost exclusively for editing during writing and close reading during guided reading group (wanna keep the allure going for as long as possible).
Their smooth writing style and array of color choices provide that tiny but important thrill that keeps the kids (and teachers) going.
I think I’ll buy another set this weekend.