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A place for everything and everything in its place

This week I've been working with groups of students on story writing. With younger students in Year 1 (5-6 year olds), using the seaside as a stimulus, children were thinking of descibing words and sounds, alliteration - swishy, swashy,drip, drip, etc - to help them imagine being in that seaside environment. They relied heavily on illustrations and physical prompts such as seashells, starfish, sand along with photographs to help them brainstorm WOW! words to describe their setting. Some children coped very well with this and were able to write down words to describe what they could see, smell, feel and hear. Others were able to describe the images or objects they saw but then were unable to translate this in to a story setting. At the age of seven, some working in a second or third language in class, certain children were stumped. But as a group, we were able to create a piece of group writing. With a whiteboard and pen, I scribed the WOW! words before asking the children to creat…

Time flies by when you're the driver of the train . . .

Well, almost six weeks have passed since I last published an entry on this blog. That is not to say I haven't written numerous blogs during that period recalling a number of writing sessions and publicity sessions, I just did not post them.

I'm not entirely sure why, but this much is true. I'm right in the middle of a complete self confidence failure right now. I don't intend to use this blog to relay my woes but enough is to say that life gets in the way sometimes - I'm sure I'm not alone when I indicate the frustrations and distress faced when all of a sudden, the life you know changes so dramatically, that you focus down on getting through each day rather than allowing yourself the luxury of creativity.

Unfortunately, whilst in survival mode, my creativity dried right up and I was left with something resembling cheap muesli (the stuff we've all tried on a budget and discovered that muesli without nuts, raisins and dried fruit is as tasty as cat litter)

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