Another thing people’s comments on Ruth’s Post got me thinking about was the idea of CHOICE in Writing Workshop. I wrote about it on this blog in 2007 after attending … Continue Reading Choice in Writing Workshop: Is it possible even though it’s necessary?
I read through the comments on Ruth’s latest post this morning. It seems like many folks are feeling a little angst when it comes to grammar instruction. You’re pulled between … Continue Reading Teaching Students to Master Conventions in a Modern Way
A lot of you have been leaving comments about your frustrations with regard to standardized testing taking away time from your teaching. Hence, on this Poetry Friday, I wanted to … Continue Reading Poetry Friday
This little conversation took place just after six o’clock this morning. We were getting ready to visit a pregnant friend: Me: So what’s happening to W.’s belly? My son: There’s … Continue Reading Ruth’s Slice of Life: Heartmelting.
Just wondering what some of the issues are in our blog readers’ Writing Workshops. Would you leave a comment and let us know what’s on your mind about Writing Workshop? … Continue Reading What’s On Your Mind?
Funny how sometimes when I post something, I’m tested on it the next day. Following my post Why Memoir Monday?, fourteen out of fifteen students didn’t complete their homework on … Continue Reading A Blessing in Disguise.
Know a high school senior who has been accepted to college and loves to write? If so, check out this link about scholarships. Essentially, kids reflect on their civic experiences, … Continue Reading The League
A few years ago I often began asking my students to tell me what I did well as a writer and what I could work on as a writer when … Continue Reading Have You Ever Asked Your Kids for Feedback on YOUR Writing?
Remember that group of kids I wrote about who I decided to take upstairs for weekly lunches on Tuesdays? Well, the five of us didn’t meet last week because the … Continue Reading Progress in the Writing Circle
Please link your Slice of Life Story Post to this one by leaving a comment. Also, we’re still looking for folks who are interested in participating in the Slice of … Continue Reading The Last Slice of January
When I giggle at my goal as a fifth grader to write a story a day, collecting thick purple folders of words and pictures, stapled into books, I remember the process … Continue Reading Why Memoir Monday?
Please leave a link to your memoir-ish post by posting a comment with the link.
Sometimes you have to let go of the reigns and allow your students to lead you, right. Well, I’m preparing to do just that tomorrow when I work with my … Continue Reading A New Writer’s Notebook Rubric
MOteacher’s comment on Ruth’s post last night reminded me of those demoralized kids and the children I used to spend countless hours preparing for City and State Tests. MOteacher wrote: … Continue Reading Students and Standardized Tests
Head over to the Choice Literacy Website to read an article Mary Lee Hahn wrote entitled “The Joy of Letter Writing: An Integrated Unit for Intermediate Students.” It’ll surely inspire … Continue Reading A Must-Read About Letter Writing!
I attended a workshop with Peter H. Johnston, Author of Choice Words, over two years ago. He spoke a lot about the language we use when we teach. A lot … Continue Reading The Language We Use When We Teach