The fellows of the Northern Virginia Writing Project have begun their intensive work in the Summer Institute. As a leader of the Shenandoah Valley Satellite site I am steeped in the work of practicing teachers. It is intensive, rejuvenating, enlightening and exhausting work as we teach each other, share theory, and write for ourselves.
The four or five weeks spent by the teachers transforms their practice and stance in the classroom, not just for the following year but for much of their teaching career. (98% of Teacher Consultants in the National Writing Project stay in the field of education their entire working lives. That is an amazing statistic.)
Needless to say, this is consuming work and means.....fewer opportunities to blog.