My second class of the morning is a class of 21 students.
It’s a Journalistic Writing class, comprised of all four grades. And 21 students often means 21 different writing styles and habits–not the easiest of things to manage.
They are all writing feature stories right now. 21 different feature stories, from personality profiles to human interest stories to behind-the-scenes features.
Today, for almost 40 solid minutes, most of those 21 students wrote and wrote and wrote. They transcribed interviews, they rearranged quotes, they developed transitions and created leads.
While they wrote, I peeked in on their progress, since they are all required to write in Google Docs, and I held mini-conferences and left comments for them, or just spoke to them from across the room what needed to change and what I liked about their writing so far.
They made great progress today, and I am excited to read their final drafts next week.
I’m grateful that I get to teach writers. Even the students who don’t think they are writers–they proved today that they are.