Today I decided to experiment with creating a story on a word document with the class. They really enjoyed seeing their details on the screen and it was a change in pace from just listening.
I also had them write out the story on a piece of paper. This was good for accountability and helped the students to focus. I think that this will help the students to come out of their shell a little when I ask for suggestions in the story. They sure can be funny.
One thing I have to remember though is that all I do is ask questions. It is important that I don’t dictate the story too much. This is a delicate balance to learn that either keeps the story afloat or sinks it.