Tonight some parents, grandparents and kids from grades 3-5 met in the school cafeteria for a writing workshop titled, “Back to the Future.” We had several Vietnamese families and Hispanic, including a family from El Salvador. And the PTA president whom I think is Portuguese. We started with getting the parents on one side of the room to talk with each other about school memories and the kids did the same, for warm ups.
Then the gist was that kids and parents would interview each other about school, freetime and personality, talking awhile. We had a three column menu style interview form, from which to choose questions. The interviewers main job was to listen not to take notes. Then, after Fran shared her super-cool model ode, titled “Dad,” we wrote odes to each other on poster size paper forms.
We even had a bit of time to gallery walk or share, while having cookies. Everyone got a little journal, a gel pen of their color choice, and several blank ode forms to take home to retry or make parents’ day gifts out of their writing.
What I loves was the conversations. The way folks talked with each other. My teaching partner Fran and I couldn’t have been more pleased. It’s a lot of work to promote and plan an event, but worth it.