Today, over at Two Reflective Teachers, Melanie Meehan listed powerful, thought provoking quotes from a TCRWP staff developer. Go check out her post here.
"Help kids figure out being a good partner is like a life thing. It’s bigger than reading workshop or writing workshop!"
Many of the quotes spoke to me, but this one demanded my thoughts, hence I am writing about it. We aren't here to teach kids to be good test takers. We aren't here to teach kids to be novelists. We aren't here to teach kids to be editors or book reviewers. However, if any of these things came to be, we would rejoice!
We are here to grow problem solvers. We are here to teach teamwork and cooperation. We are here to show work ethic and productivity.
To me, it isn't just partnerships, but the workshop structure/model. Workshop is bigger than "school". Workshop structure is a life thing. It teaches independence and truly deep thinking. Workshop is heartfelt and brain teasing. It gives kids opportunity for creativity and expects reflective actions to reach one's goals. AND workshop contributes about a million other positive characteristics to our days that I can't name right now. It is just bigger. It is about life and all that life will ask of you.
Thanks for the post, Melanie!