I am thrilled to be able to give you a review on our experience as our Writer in Residence this year.
From the wonderful artifacts to you sharing an excerpt from one of your books my students were captivated from the beginning. They were engaged and jumped right away to write their own story when you showed them the writing prompt. Even students who have learning disabilities and writing is one of their challenges. I sometimes scribe for one of them, but he was so motivated to write his story that he would say “yes, yes, but I know where I am going with this” while I scribed and by the end of it, he was writing by himself because he was so excited.
The use of our Five Senses could not have been better since we were working with them in Spanish writing to make it easier to add details to our writing activities. The concept was not only reinforced but seen in a different light because you, as a writer, mentioned the importance of add details that are at our finger tips -literally-.
Also, at the end when students had the opportunity to share their artifact description and others were able to guess, it created a very excited atmosphere. Students wanted to be chosen to share or guess and everyone was engaged.
Thank you so much for your gift to us.