I’m always interested in how I can reach the kids at the two ends of the writing spectrum. i.e. addressing kids who struggle with writing, or the freedom of the writer’s workshop format, as well as those kids who are so far above grade level expectations that I feel like they don’t even need me. I would also be interested in more publishing options, ones that the kids may have a real chance of getting into. I’ve explored some of the ones you guys have talked about but it would be nice if we could all work together to find more. Sheesh I’m about ready to start my own at this point. Organization and Assessment are ALWAYS on my mind.
Rather than try to answer everything all at once, I wanted to focus on how we differentiate for our students who cannot get enough of writing, since they’re often the ones we overlook in our classroom. Last month I heard M. Colleen Cruz speak at the TCRWP Writing Institute. She said something that really resonated with me, which was:
“Every student is worthy of and needs instruction.”
Hence, since we often pay less attention to the most talented writers in the room, since we feel that they can go it alone, without as much conferring, I wanted to dedicate this post solely to the kids who need extra challenges, beyond the regular in-class writing they’re doing.
Make sure to read your local newspaper, union newsletter, instructional magazines, professional journals, and literary websites which often post or advertise submission calls, which you can pass along to your students. Additionally, be sure to seek out any young authors competitions in your state or local organizations that are sponsoring writing contests.
For more information about the other things LiteracySpark mentioned (above) you can:
Click here to view our presentation that we gave at NCTE last November about reluctant writers.
Get more information about organization and assessment, by clicking here and here, respectively.
I am a literacy consultant who focuses on writing workshop. I've been working with K-6 teachers and students since 2009. Prior to that, I was a fourth and fifth-grade teacher in New York City and Rhode Island.
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).
I live in Central Pennsylvania with my husband and children. In my free time, I enjoy swimming, doing Pilates, cooking, baking, making ice cream, and reading novels.
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