December 13th, 2010
Ruth Ayres and Stacey Shubitz, the authors of Day by Day were on a blog tour last week, answering blogger and reader questions about their new book.
The first stop of the tour was hosted by Stenhouse authors Franki Sibberson and Mary Lee Hahn on their popular blog A Year of Reading. In the interview Stacey shared what she loved about writing workshop: “I love watching the way writing workshop helps children find and develop their voice. Writing workshop shows students that they have poignant stories to tell and important messages to share with others. In addition, I enjoy witnessing the transformation of non-writers into confident communicators within the context of a writing workshop. ”
On Raising Readers and Writers Stacey talked about the importance of teachers being writers themselves and how to overcome the fear of sharing their writing. ” If you just share once or twice, then your students won’t become more comfortable sharing their writing in class. If teachers share their own writing with students on a regular basis, then it will foster a stronger classroom community where everyone’s writing is valued.”
In an interview with The Write Brained Teacher, Ruth opened up about her writing habits: “I write with my laptop balanced on my knees, usually with music in my ears. This is one of the few constants. I bounce around the house – near the fireplace with train tracks being built around me, in the living room with a game on the TV, in the car waiting for appointments. Mostly, I write in the early morning hours or late at night. Writing is squeezed in around my family life. As far as rituals, I like to reread something I’ve written before I start writing. At the end of a writing session, I like to make plans for my next writing time. Because my writing time is limited, it is important I know what I’m planning to do before I sit down. This way I can be thinking about it in my time away from my computer.”
The last stop of the tour was hosted by Once Upon a Teacher. Blogger Melanie Holtsman set up her trusty Skype connection and camera to interview her colleagues at Chets Creek Elementary in Florida about the questions they had about Day by Day. She also talked to her friends and colleagues at the International School of Bangkok and produced this video interview with Ruth: