“If you want to teach me to write,first you must love me.” — Avi
I’m super fortunate to be working with a couple of third grade teachers (Hi Sandy & Dan!) who are interested in helping their writers to naturally develop more sophisticated writing … Continue Reading Planning Idea
Often when I’m working with teachers, I get the question: How do you know? This can be in response to a number of things: minilesson ideas, conference teaching points, share … Continue Reading How do you know?
In preparing to talk with teachers about planning a unit of study, I created this chart to help show how I encourage students to individualize the writing process instead of … Continue Reading Unit of Study Phases
I’ve learned the importance of communicating clearly with students through the Responsive Classroom training I’ve had and books I’ve read about teacher-talk. One book that resonated with me several years … Continue Reading A Few Questions for Peter H. Johnston + a Book Giveaway
The Third Annual National Day on Writing is coming up on Thursday, October 20th, 2011. What will you do to celebrate the art of writing in your classroom next month?
Last week I talked with a group of intermediate teachers about writers’ notebooks. We discussed the importance of writers’ notebooks to the life of a writer, as well as how … Continue Reading A Scavenger Hunt
I like to think of a writing conference as a conversation. Just like many common conversations, there is a predictable structure to the writing conference. I think it’s important for … Continue Reading Conference Roles
This past week I’ve had several conversations with young writers about how to write something. Not the logistics of making letters or spelling words, but how to craft their writing … Continue Reading How to Write
Grireland, who left the twentieth comment (which corresponds the #20 picked by the random number generator I used) is the winner of the $100 DonorsChoose Gift Card from Intel. Congratulations! … Continue Reading And the winner is…
Martha Horn is coming to NE Indiana on October 14, hosted by the All-Write Consortium. I’m super excited to hear her thoughts about teaching our youngest writers. If you are … Continue Reading Martha Horn!
Today I worked with 17 teachers who attended the All-Write Primary Beginning Writing Workshop. Basically it’s a training for teachers who want to learn the basics of writing workshop and … Continue Reading Beginning the Journey
Ten years have passed since September 11th, 2001. In 2001, I lived in Manhattan when the planes hit the Towers, the Pentagon, and a field in Shanksville, PA. Today I … Continue Reading Reflections on September 11th