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#BCLUW students on #WhyIWrite

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BCLUW students added their voice to the twitter feed on National Writing Day answering the question – #whyiwrite. Inspired by the challenge posted on the New York Times Learning Network, BCLUW students composed, reflected and tweeted reasons why they wrote. First year BCLUW English teacher, Molly Finkenbinder,  also recorded student messages and a video will be posted shortly.

Here is a storify highlighting their reasons:

#bcluw students,, National Writing Day asks,,, #whyiwrite add your voice here!
shfarnsworth
October 20, 2011
#bcluw sophomores: Let me know 1 positive thing about writing in class today! Notecards. Pics. Voice Think. Create. Share. WRITE! #whyiwrite
finkenmo
October 20, 2011
#whyIwrite #bcluw I write to speak when no one listens..
HeyoooKelso
October 20, 2011
RT @mitch_mill: #bcluw #whyiwrite I write to communicate with friends
Chuck_Neff
October 20, 2011
I write to feel free. #whyiwrite #bcluw
rschultzzz15
October 20, 2011
#whyiwrite I write to communicate with other people with something other than my voice. #bcluw
caitlynpurcell7
October 20, 2011
#whyiwrite I write because I want to or like to. Sometimes maybe to show my emotions. #bcluw
shelnico
October 20, 2011
#whyiwrite I write to model for students. To be a better teacher. Add my voice to the mix! #bcluw
shfarnsworth
October 20, 2011
#whyiwrite I write because it’s all around you and it’s like we’re always doing it, sometimes I write because I have to. #bcluw
Haley_Justine
October 20, 2011
#bcluw #whyiwrite I write to communicate with friends
mitch_mill
October 20, 2011
#WhyIWrite I write to do my school work. To communicate with others. #BCLUW
kodi11
October 20, 2011
#bcluw #whyiwrite To help people learn about chevy citations
Chuck_Neff
October 20, 2011
#bcluw #whyiwrite i write to express my feelings.
eschossow31
October 20, 2011
I write because life depends on it #bcluw #whyiwrite
finkenmo
October 20, 2011
#whyiwrite I write when I send emails. When I write I it seems to never stop so I guess i do it for fun. #bcluw
HunterMcCalley
October 20, 2011
I write when I can’t think of what to say…#bcluw #whyiwrite
NicSimpson22
October 20, 2011
#bcluw #whyiwrite (jacob h.) I write when I sign birthday cards
shfarnsworth
October 20, 2011
To make sense of the world.. #whyiwrite #bcluw
RaeBebe03
October 20, 2011
#whyiwrite to communicate with people throughout the world. #bcluw
kariberryoh
October 20, 2011
#whyiwrite I write so that I don’t forget what I want to say! #bcluw
DanielleLeeee
October 20, 2011
to communicate without my voice #whyiwrite #bcluw
kbenjii18
October 20, 2011
#IWriteBecause it’s the epitome of expressing myself and if I’m not me, who is? #BCLUW
iFAILbadly
October 20, 2011
I write when the realitivy of the world fails us. #whyiwrite #bcluw
Kaythekat
October 20, 2011
#whyiwrite: to put my thoughts in a tangible form #bcluw
Lo_Elise
October 20, 2011
#BCLUW #WhyIWrite I write to express what I am feeling. To explain what I am thinking. To be heard of what I’m saying.
nicolearlene14
October 20, 2011
#bcluw #WhyIWrite I write so show i don’t care what others think about me.
MalVawter20
October 20, 2011
#bcluw #WhyiWrite I write to tell the world how I really feel.
MaddieEmilee
October 20, 2011
#bcluw #whyiwrite I write to be understood
MaddieEmilee
October 20, 2011
#bcluw #whyiwrite i write to give people my ideas how to get passed monday
LukeAsche96
October 20, 2011
#bcluw #whyiwrite to leran more things for school work and it is fun to write
ga_gavin
October 20, 2011
#bcluw #whyiwrite I write to leave a note on the counter when I leave the house.
BlakeSCooper
October 20, 2011
#bcluw #whyiwrite I write to let people know where I am.
jason_arends
October 20, 2011
#Bcluw #whyiwrite So i can keep thinking of ideas for virtual reality
Will_Garber
October 20, 2011
#whyiwrite I write to preserve my ideas and feelings. #bcluw
terraleighfasho
October 20, 2011
#BCLUW #whyIwrite I can hold on to the memories I know I would forget.
LEVI_J_S
October 20, 2011
#bcluw #whyIwrite I write because i would like to get better grades, get student of the week in math and get better grades over all.
AmblerBo
October 20, 2011
#bcluw #whyiwrite To inform you of what i know!!!
PhReAk64
October 20, 2011
#bcluw #whyiwrite to express myself.
itsLyddie32
October 20, 2011
#WhyIWrite to express my emotions, and clear my head. #bcluw
SadieJeanBean
October 20, 2011
#bcluw #WhyIWrite when i want to remember something
JOHNMAN20
October 20, 2011
#bcluw#whyiwrite to show that i do have a personality and my interest in photgraphy
ashtre9696
October 20, 2011
#bcluw #WhyIWrite to express my feelings
hopeyhope449
October 20, 2011
#bcluw #whyiwrite i write to tell fun and sad moments in my life
shanaynay1122
October 20, 2011
#bcluw #whyiwrite because it is a good way of communicating
bhesp22
October 20, 2011
#whyiwrite #bcluw I write because I can’t draw
leahkathryn01
October 20, 2011
#bcluw #WhyIWrite to express my feelings and to remember something important.
MadysenPauline
October 20, 2011
#iwritebecause It allows me to express myself. #bcluw
zoekristine3NT
October 20, 2011
#bcluw #iwrite to express my feelings if I don’t enjoy talking about them.
tmccoy13
October 20, 2011
#bcluw #whyiwrite To communicate with friends and family, and to express my self.
BreannaGardner2
October 20, 2011
#whyiwrite I write to SEE what I am thinking. #bcluw
DCJF13
October 20, 2011

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Written by sfarnsworth

October 21, 2011 at 2:31 pm

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Remembering 9/11 – A Lesson in Empathy

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This year marked the 10th Anniversary of 9/11, and while I distinctly remember the events that unfolded on that tragic day, my seniors were only in second grade and recall scattered fragments or nothing at all. During a group skype call between the teachers of the blogging community (5 schools where students blog/comment enhancing engagement and widening audience to promote writing) we decided to create a collaborative lesson plan to teach our students empathy, citizenship, and patriotism with the end product in the form of an imovie.

Building a foundation of the tragedy with resources found on the NYTimes Learning Network Blog; teachers @eolsonteacher, @shawnhyervm, @Bev-Berns, @toddvogts, and myself  shared videos, pictures, and reflections with students. We then allowed students to explore the plethora of links found on the blog and report back to the large group their findings. What happened was an emotional connection to the day that most had a disconnect with because of age. Empathetic stories of victims, family members, and heroes were retold through the voice of our students. One student even stated, “I have not thought about or viewed footage from that day for so long, I can finally understand what happened and how horrible it was.” As teachers, this type of response is music to our ears. We want to help mold a future generation of insightful, empathetic citizens who will lead our world in the future.

The next day we used a strategy taught by @KirsteyEwald during an experience while taking the Iowa Writing Project (a division of the National Writing Project). Students wrote answers to prompts on sticky notes which were then complied and edited to form a poem. Each school had different questions ranging from “How do you define America?” to “How can one honor the lives lost during the attacks?” Each student spoke their line and placed an image of their hand into the project. Teachers shared the movies using dropbox culminating in one movie written, spoken, and illustrated by the students!

Students proudly shared their video with family and friends. It floated around facebook and was highlighted in local newspapers and on local news stations making the Anniversary of September 11th more meaningful.

Written by sfarnsworth

October 6, 2011 at 8:38 pm