- As you reflect on your experiences teaching writing, consider what "feels comfortable": what core principles do you value and enact in your classroom? Time for writing? Conferring with students? How have those practices remained constant over time?
- Consider your familiarity with a variety of technologies including word processors, digital audio and video editors, and online writing spaces such as blogs and wikis. What are some of the challenges you anticipate in trying to blend the principles of the writing workshop with these technologies?
The biggest challenge that I could foresee in trying to blend the writing process with digital technologies is that some students may be extremely literate when it comes to writing, however, they may lack proficiency in digital technology. This lack of digital literacy may restrict students who are more comfortable using the traditional pen and paper. Also, some students may get lost or distracted by the digital aspect of their writing (looking up images to go with it, using emoticons, playing with fonts) and lose focus on what is actually important -- the "meat", or content of what they're saying.