I bounced the idea of an action research project around with the person who observes us each year. We chatted about developing an action research project for my classroom that I can carry out over the course of the next few months in writing. The lens would be student engagement within the context of Writing Workshop. Here are a few big questions I came up with…
* What can I do to support daily writing habits for the students in my class who are reluctant writers?
* What kinds of things can I do to nurture the writing habits for the students in my class who do not write daily?
* How can I lift the level of student engagement in my classroom so that students seek to become lifelong writers?
* How do I engage my students so that they develop writerly habits?
…Now I have to figure out which one of these would be the best one to refine into a real question that would guide me in the action research (and would subsequently lead to the creation of a few sub-questions). Thoughts on these are welcome as comments. 🙂
I am a literacy consultant who has spent the past dozen years working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grades K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.
I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).