Purpose for Writing

I needed a plan. Two weeks ago, I made a commitment to myself that I would write daily. Originally, my purpose in creating the blog was to live a writerly life so I could model that for my students. I wanted to use what I learned about my own writing process to help kids see the writer inside of themselves. But I knew I wanted more. Writing and publishing daily is a big challenge. If I was going to achieve my goal, I needed a plan for my writing. I wanted to be able to practice crafting snapshots, thoughshots, explode-a-moments, informational pieces, and poetry.  I also wanted to connect with other teachers and show how their blog posts or comments spurred ideas for my writing and teaching. Then I thought  about my students and what they teach me everyday. Sometimes their stories were so compelling that they begged to be written about. In other words, my ideas were all over the place. I still kept a small writer's notebook next to the computer. And I liked that I had a record of my stream of thought. But what I needed was a flexible system that worked for me.

So today, this is what I came up with. I created a planning sheet that I can use as my road map for a week's worth of writing. My plan for next week is just a plan. It can be followed, revised, or abandoned. The page numbers in the plan refer to pages in my writer's notebook. Wish me luck!


  1. Like the plan idea. Are you going to do the Slice of Life Challenge from TwoWritingTeachers? I'm curious. It was a wonderful challenge for me last year. I shared with my students what I was learning. MaryHelen:)

  2. I would like to share the challenge with students as well. My job has been very weird this year. I'm all over the place. I'm trying to coach teachers, assist with PLC's, and also provide intervention for groups of struggling readers. Given my schedule, the school's master schedule, and my technology resources, I'm thinking I could pilot the use of blogs as an intervention with a small group of struggling writers. I think my principals would support it. That way I could learn about blogging and writing process right along with the kids. Since it would be considered an intervention, I will need to get writing samples or other data to show the impact of blogging on student writing. I'm still thinking about it.


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