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How’s your writing workshop going?

The year is beginning to wind down, so it is a perfect time for a little reflection on writing workshop. Here are the questions whirling in my mind. I’d love to know your answers to all or some of them. Reflective practice is the key to continuous growth as an educator.

  1. What pleased you in writing workshop this year?
  2. What surprised you?
  3. What disappointed you?

And these …

  1. What did you learn as a teacher of writers this year?
  2. What did you learn about yourself as a writer?
  3. What did you learn about young writers?

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

Ruth Ayres View All

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6 thoughts on “How’s your writing workshop going? Leave a comment

  1. Because I have worked with more than one classroom this year, I would say that it was a challenge to me to help the teachers learn first what each class brought to the table in their experiences, and then to choose some best ways to integrate workshop aspects into the curriculum the teachers were teaching. Focus on two things in every class seemed critical–learning how to revise and how to make helpful comments (from both teacher and peers). I learned that there is never enough time, as I knew as a teacher of children, and this year, as a teacher of students. Planning meetings and focus lessons and observations was such a challenge. Yet, it’s been a lovely year of learning for me, and I’ve had time to write more, and then share what I learn during the writing. Thanks for asking these questions? Would it be all right if I used them with my teachers?


  2. I invited a writer from our local paper into our classroom in the beginning of the year to talk to our kids about voice. I was surprised, when he formed a relationship with my kids, and they began e-mailing him for feedback! Since I teach in a middle school and have 90 students, it really meant the world to me this year to have another pair of eyes reading their material. And I know the kids felt really important when he took the time to write them back and visit our room.


  3. This was my first year teaching writing (previously I only taught math and science). The students’ writing improved after specific mini-lessons but then they did not follow through by applying what they learned during their independent “choice” writing time. I want to work better to create revision check lists so they make sure they are applying what they learned. I also found that I most enjoy using mentor texts and I next year I also want to use more shared writing.


  4. 1. What pleased me? Getting to collaborate with colleagues in new ways and starting a blog.
    2. I was pleasantly surprised that my blog was viewed so much by families and friends.
    3. I was disappointed in having to lose my rhythm in workshop with testing, testing, testing.

    1. This year I learned the importance of celebrating writers.
    2. I learned collaborating with another writer is the best way for me to write.
    3. I learned young writers will go as far as we expect them to (well, I already knew that, but it was reiterated to me in a powerful way)


  5. I had an interesting year, particularly in writing workshop. Although my (second grade) students were immature and weren’t able to follow directions, they absorbed my mini-lessons like sponges! Our poetry and non-fiction units were very successful. I was disappointed in personal narrative but it was the first unit and they were really not ready to listen or follow directions let alone write. I learned that even though my students are immature in behavior, they can still write and more importantly….they want to! Can’t wait to be an even better writing teacher next year!


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