Ruth and I talked last week about some of the comments and e-mails we’ve been getting this week. Many of the comments are from teachers who are feeling torn about test prep, while many more of the e-mails are from teachers who are implementing Writing Workshop for the first time and are looking for assistance. Therefore, we’ve decide to get back to basics this week making sure our posts are focused on what new teachers (to Writing Workshop, not necessarily to the profession) are asking us about implementing Workshop in their classrooms.
For those veteran Writing Workshop teachers out there we ask that you comment on our posts, adding your knowledge and insight to what we write about each topic so that new Workshop teachers will have more than just our (i.e., Ruth’s and mine) perspectives.
We look forward to “getting back to basics” with you this week.
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).