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Shelley Harwayne was born, raised and educated in New York City. She is proud to say that she has been affiliated with the New York City public schools for over half a century having served as a teacher, literacy staff developer, principal, and school superintendent. Since her retirement, she has been volunteering in elementary schools in and around the Big Apple. Along the way she served as the Co-Director of the Teachers College Writing Project, received the NCTE Language Arts Educator of the Year Award, established the Manhattan New School in New York City, became a consultant to school districts and professional organizations throughout the country and published several professional texts. These include Going Public, Lasting Impressions, Lifetime Guarantees, Writing through Childhood, Novel Perspectives, Messages to Ground Zero (Heinemann), Look Who’s Learning to Read (Scholastic), and her most recent Above and Beyond the Writing Workshop (Stenhouse). In addition, Shelley has published material for emergent readers including I’m Reading Now!and Sight Word Stories (both Scholastic) as well as two picture books, Jewels and What’s Cooking? (Mondo). In her spare time, Shelley loves curling up with a great novel, picking wild raspberries, hosting parties for family and friends, traveling the world with her husband, and hanging out with her five teenage grandchildren. In fact, she and her oldest grandson Ben have just collaborated on a nonfiction picture book tracing the development of snow globes.
When writing workshops first blossomed in classrooms, its hallmarks were genuine curiosity, individual choice, quality conversations, and engaging children's literature. A joyous hum of intention, creativity, and craft enlivened the school day. Today's teachers are often faced with a range of obstacles, as new initiatives are embraced, mandates handed down, and scripted programs are purchased. Sometimes teachers must sacrifice the original principles of the writing workshop and lose the creative venue they provide.
Above and Beyond the Writing Workshop is filled with original writing challenges designed to bring back the spirit of the original writing workshop model and encourage teachers to enhance it with invention, innovation, and inspiration. Teaching creative writing is not only possible, but an important process in their instruction. Author Shelley Harwayne invites teachers to keep the workshop spirit alive by:
Encouraging professional conversations on classroom ideas and methods between colleagues
Developing writing cues that allow young writers to be inquisitive, outspoken, and independent
Showing how high quality writing can make a difference
Offering an inspired and stimulating outlet for students to express their passions
Harwayne's book will help teachers encourage students to write the world around them, which can generate more critical thinking and make for a more well-rounded child.
Mathematizing Children’s Literature
Sparking Connections, Joy, and Wonder Through Read-Alouds and Discussion