My path as a teacher writer this year began over the summer when I participated in the Teacher As Writer piece of the year long institute with the Hudson Valley Writing Project. This semester, I will be looking deeper into the choices and decisions I make as a teacher, both of students and teachers. I am paying close attention to the language used during writing conferences. I am looking to the great Carl Anderson for advice on conference talk and looking closely at Peter Johnston to help with word choice.
I have buddied up with some teacher colleagues to help illicit some advice on how to best do this and also to obtain usable data. The culmination of this path will be my Teacher Inquiry Workshop in March as part of the HVWP Saturday Seminar (more on that in the future) For now, stick with me as I journey through my questions; 1. How does teacher language effect the outcome of student writing and 2. Why does language matter in a writing conference?