If you’re looking for a new strategy to engage and inspire your writers, this episode is definitely for you. You can listen below, or on iTunes, Blubrry, or Stitcher. Or read on for some brief written highlights. This conversation went in depth, and I learned so much from Angela. I really recommend you listen in.
Below, you’ll find several of the key points from our conversation, information about the two free courses Angela is sharing with two lucky listeners, and all the links mentioned in the show.
What does a writing maker space look like?
A writing maker space has ROOM for student ideas. It is going to look different everywhere, depending on the place, the students, and their needs. Leave some space for students to put ideas up on walls (whiteboard walls, blackboards, blank spaces where they can mix and match post-its and foam boards), and gather some loose parts for them to make with.
What materials can interested teachers begin to gather?
First and foremost, there is no need to break the bank! Let people donate things like legos or tinker toys, bristle blocks or art supplies. Recycle giant packing papers from Amazon boxes or leftover sheets of cardboard. Hit up The Dollar Store or the amazing selection of odds and ends at the front of Target. Post-its, foam boards, inexpensive clay, foam balls, there are so many things you can make writing with.
What’s the best way for a teacher to try this for the first time?
“Usually if I’m asking kids to write an argument I’ll start with a really provocative prompt like ‘what’s unfair?'” said Angela.
- Build me the hook
- Build me the central conflict
- Build me the best quality about your antagonist
To enter to win free access to one of Angela’s digital courses, simply hop into iTunes and leave a review for the podcast this week. If you’ve already left a review, just leave a comment on this post with your biggest takeaway from this episode. I’ll randomly select two winners from amongst the reviewers and commenters and announce them at the beginning of the next episode, so be sure to listen in!
Connect with Angela Stockman
Let me tell you a little bit about Angela Stockman, writing teacher superhero. While her list of accomplishments goes on and on, the one I want to focus on is her work with the Western New York Young Writer’s Studio, an organization that she founded. She has built up the idea of the writing makerspace over many years of experimentation and leadership in this studio with students and teachers alike. Along the way she has written several books, consulted for many programs, and helped design writing curriculum in more than sixty schools. She has worked with a huge variety of students in a huge variety of situations, and you guys… she knows her stuff! You should DEFINITELY go learn more from her using the links below.
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