Alyssa Levy, became an influential role model for me as a teacher of writing. Alyssa consistently modeled using her own writing notebook in lessons with my students. I noticed how Alyssa not only told students how to write, but she actually showed them step by step through thinking aloud and then writing in front of them with her writing notebook and a document camera. She modeled what she knew needed to happen for my students. My grade level team, principal, and students all became better writers in part directly due to Alyssa's demonstration of her own thinking and writing.
Now, as a literacy coach myself, I am taking what I learned from Alyssa to help the teachers and students in my schools. By using my own writing to teach writing, I'm not just telling teachers and students what needs to happen, but I'm showing them in a step by step, intentional manner. The only tools needed to do this are my own thinking made visible to students (thinking aloud and oral rehearsal), my personal writing notebook, a document camera that projects my real-time writing, and a captive audience of student writers.
Via Jim Lerman