One of my favorite aspects of the Long Island Writing Project is the shared reading that starts most workshops and institutes. It works like this: One educator in the group has the turn for the day to read something aloud. The person selects the reading. It can be an excerpt from a novel, a picture book, a poem, an article- anything. When the reading ends, we all pick up our pens or go on our device and write for 3-5 minutes or so. Time is called, and participants share their piece, a part, or even a line. I love this practice and it builds community around shared stories.
We need this now.
One of my hats is co-director of the Long Island Writing Project. The director, Darshna Katwala, and co-director, Heidi Atlas and I decided to give shared reading/writing a digital spin in these days of Covid-19. We set up a Flipgrid, with the idea that educators could sign up to read something aloud via video. Anyone who wants to participate can write and then read their response as a comment to the original video.
(Thanks to Lauren Kaufman, who inspired this idea back in November at #nErDcampLI. We never imagined a global pandemic would be the impetus for us to give it a go, but here we are.)
My makeup wasn't perfect or even well done. My hair was not great. I was in sweats. The video wasn't perfect, but in the name of literacy and connection, I made the first video. You are welcome to join us in this endeavor and share with any colleagues. If you are a Writing Project teacher, this might really call to you and I invite you to share this with your local site.
Connection is so needed.
Here is the link: https://flipgrid.com/0458220c
Some more information here: https://www.smore.com/fpjxh
Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski