November 17, 2011
Every other week, Walden staff come together for a Faculty Writing Workshop. As a community of learners and a community of writers, we believe that practicing our own writing in a collaborative setting prepares us to better support the student writing process in the classroom. A Walden teacher is equally expert and learner. We are empowered to lead by example both in and out of the classroom. This growth mindset not only informs our teaching, but also reinforces our core value of life-long learning.
This week, we brainstormed a list of Big Ideas that we know about children:
Children see themselves as writers.
Everyone has a story. One can discover own self through the process of writing one’s story.
Write what is inside you….it matters!
We are teaching children skills to make choices in their writing.
Children want to share their ideas as writers. We are not fixing their stories.
Teach them when they are ready. We meet children where they are.
Being a courageous writer – being brave! – can change people.
Children have endless ideas and we are giving them the tools to express their best selves.
Readers are Writers. Writers are Readers.
The pen is mightier than the sword. Writing is powerful – promotes peace through expanding viewpoints.
Writing is a reflective practice – and a processing tool.
For over 40 years, Walden School has challenged the 19th century notions of the school paradigm. We continue to expand opportunities and access to learning in a process of life-long learning.
“The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made, and the activity of making them changes both the maker and the destination.” (John Schaar)