One thing I’ve learned from consulting with teachers is that many are strapped for time. Not all schools give teachers 60 minutes for writing workshop. Therefore, Craft Moves will honor teachers’ time in two ways. First, like I do here on Two Writing Teachers, I’ll suggest books that can do double- and triple-duty in the classroom. This is important because some teachers only have time for one read aloud daily. Second, each small group lesson will be based geared for students’ experience levels (e.g., inexperienced, mid-level, and/or sophisticated writers). This will help teachers maximize conferring and strategy lesson time since they’ll be able to teach a small group of writers with the same need and level of experience. This will provide teachers with more time to meet the needs of a greater number of students in a given workshop period.
Literacy Consultant. Author. Former 4th and 5th Grade Classroom Teacher.