Sunday, October 6, 2013

WOW! I just adore these...

I am so happy that I have had the chance to read Of Primary Importance. It is a wonderful book about Writer's Workshop... and classroom community. I have also had the chance to learn from the {amazing} author, Ann Marie Corgill, first hand at a literacy workshop, through conversations, and during a recent webinar she hosted. 

If you have not read her book -you MUST check it out here.

I love that Ann Marie focuses on creating a community of writers and putting CHILDREN at the focus of our teaching :)

One idea she shared in her book was making self-portraits that hang in the classroom all year. I absolutely love watching my students as they create these. I also love walking into my classroom and seeing their gorgeous faces! A reminder of what is most important- THEM!!!

We make these portraits by drawing with soft pencil lines, outlining in black Sharpie marker, adding color with oil pastels, and filling the background with liquid watercolor paint. 


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 Ann Marie Corgill has two blogs that I love to read:

Corgill Kids

AM Literacy Learning Log

She also recently hosted a GREAT webinar. Check that out HERE!!! 


  1. I just love this idea! I had not heard of that book before and may have to check it out. The students were very creative! :)


  2. These self-portraits are wonderful! They must be so proud of them!
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