Reflection: Trust and Respect Personal Narratives: Celebrating - Section 2: Setting a Purpose


A couple of years ago, I trained to be a Teacher Consultant for the National Writing Project and for our local chapter. During training, I gained a new appreciation of having to share my work aloud with a group. I suppose, after being out of school for so long, that I had forgotten what it was like to feel put on the spot or asked to share something I felt personal with an unintended audience. It gave me true insight into how students feel when asked to do the same in my classroom.

One of the directors of the program shared a strategy he used in his own classroom. Rather than asking “Who is going to be brave enough to share first?” instead thank students for the privilege of listening to their work and being trusted to receive it well. When we make a big deal out of sharing or speak of it in a negative way, students will always view it as such. (I hadn’t even realized how much I did this in previous years.) However, when we speak of and respond to it only in positive terms, students are much more likely to do the same.

Although I was disappointed with the number of volunteers today, I am reminded that this is only our first whole class share. As students become more familiar with the process and learn that they are sharing in a safe environment, I truly believe the number of students who want to share each time will only increase.

  A Safe Place
  Trust and Respect: A Safe Place
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Personal Narratives: Celebrating

Unit 5: The Personal Narrative
Lesson 9 of 9

Objective: SWBAT write share their work as they celebrate their accomplishments with the class.

Big Idea: After several weeks of drafting, revising, editing, and publishing, students finally are finished with their personal narratives. As a class, we celebrate all that has been accomplished over the last several weeks.

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English / Language Arts, Writing, sharing, personal narrative, narrative, writing ideas, celebrate
  55 minutes
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