One of my favorite things about going to the gym is the first fifteen minutes when I ride the bike and read. It’s an uninterrupted time that I relish each day. Usually, I have one of my latest young adult fiction books with me, but sometimes I’ll bring a professional text along.
For the last three days, I’ve been reading and re-reading Ralph Fletcher’s Boy Writers. Reading it with the lens of my current students was thought-provoking, to say the least. I love Ralph Fletcher’s insights in all of his books, but this text was especially challenging and intriguing.
As I traveled through its pages, I thought about the writers that come into my classroom and my hopes about the writers that leave my classroom. I want them to have writing identities, to love writing, to feel confident about who they are as writers. However, what I realized is that the typical writing workshop is not necessarily geared toward our boy writers.
My head is filled with ideas and questions…I’ll share more later as I unpack my thoughts!
Thanks to Stacey, Anna, Beth, Tara, Dana, and Betsy at Two Writing Teachers for creating a place for writers to share their work and hosting the March Slice of Life Story Challenge!