The changes I want to make in Creative Writing classes this year aren't for the students who come in already wanting to write. What I do works for them. The changes I want to make are for the students who are taking the class solely for the English credit. The ones who are shocked that we will write EVERY DAY in Creative Writing. The ones who mistakenly think this is a sluff class.
So, here I sit staring at the lake, with a pile of books and notes sitting in front of me, thinking about changes I want to make. I know I want to do more procedural mini-lessons at the beginning of the year. Get those routines established, you know. I want to create a space that is comfortable for writing--and a safe one too. Sharing needs to become more prevalent this year and does celebrating our writing.
So, I'm back to the pile. First book up is Writing Workshop: The Essential Guide by Ralph Fletcher and JoAnn Portalupi. Although focused on elementary writing workshops, it is easily adaptable to my situation.
Favorite line so far, "Only the student can decide what can be learned." Love it.