PUSD Writing Project - Volume 1 Issue 22 - February 16, 2016

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Dear Trailblazers

Last week we holed up at KLRN for two solid days to dive into the film editing process. Working with the talented Susy Virgen from KLRN, we listened to hours of interviews and tried to select the best snippets to incorporate into the video about the Writing Pilot.

As we listened to various teachers, administrators, parents, and students talk about how writing workshop has changed them, we discovered that editing a video is similar to editing a story. Our challenge was to discover the narrative of our story and ultimately the heart of the story. Sound familiar? Telling a visual story is very much like telling a story in words.

With the use of a very large white board, lots of sticky notes, and dry erase markers, we attempted to connect all of the pieces into a coherent narrative that looks at where we started and where we are yet to go. Susy was an excellent listener and coach as we teased out the nuggets within each interview.

The video will debut on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at the PUSD Board of Education meeting. Please come show your support on this day if you're available!

~ Alyson & Jamie

Writing Workshop February Goals

  • To demonstrate your own writing and process as a writer -- the good, the bad, and the ugly -- during your minilessons and conferences.
  • To build students' stamina and volume as writers.

Shout Outs

Check out what's happening in workshops across PUSD! Keep sending us photos from your classrooms and schools to share with our community each week.


Websites & Blogs Worth Following

Columbia University's Teachers College Reading & Writing Project has a collection of classroom videos on Vimeo that take you inside reading and writing workshops at various grade levels. Check them out here:


Important Dates - Mark Your Calendars!!!

WRITING UNIT PLANNING RELEASE TIME (see calendar invite for details)

February 16, 2016 ~ McKinley Grade 3

February 17, 2016 ~ Norma Coombs Grades 1, 2, 4, 5

Note: If you don't see your school or grade level listed, we're likely still working out the details.


Join us for our FINAL 2015-2016 Trailblazer Writing Lab for the 2015-16 school year. More information to come soon regarding location and specific goals.

April 18, 2016 ~ Writing Lab #4: Teacher as Researcher