OUR third YEAR...Growing Through Relationship
Here's where we're at and where we're going in the 2019-2020 school year.
139 readers last year read and responded to over 3,000 essays from about 250 students and contributed over 1,500 hours of volunteer time. Most students' writing skills improved vastly, and according to individual surveys given to each young writer, so did their confidence and comfort in the writing process. Students DID write more and better for their Readers. Folwell ELL students showed such growth on state writing tests that they were allowed to exit out of ELL and into mainstream academic programs at an unprecedented rate.
This year we are initiating two new opportunities for R/W students at Folwell Middle School: Coffee Shop Walks and Writing Warriors.
The Walks occur every other week when teacher Angel Dwyer (and sometimes Lia) walk 6 students down to Sister Sludge, a local coffee shop, to sip a drink and write in their journals. Widely popular, the Walks’ purpose is to extend the culture of literacy beyond the classroom into a normal everyday activity. Students also learn how to order a drink (most did not know how). Walks are generously funded by individual Readers ($40 a Walk).
Writing Warriors is a pilot initiative to address the needs of students who do not understand basic writing skills such as period usage. Short-term focused practice sessions during the school day with a teacher and Lia will incorporate lots of individual support with direct instruction using student essays from classmates to keep things personal and relevant.