WRITE a slice of life story on your own blog. SHARE a link to your post in the comments section. GIVE comments to at least three other Slicers … Continue Reading Write, Share, Give: It’s SOL time
Some notes from the September 22nd. TCRWP one-day conference, Units of Study: Implementing Rigorous, Coherent Writing Curriculum for Grades 6-8 presented by Mary Ehrenworth. Something worth charting – a visual … Continue Reading Some Notes from the September 22nd, 2014 TCRWP Conference
Each year for the past nineteen years, the International Reading Association has published a list of What’s Hot and What’s Not in literacy education in their magazine, Reading Today. The list … Continue Reading Creative Writing is Not Hot
On-demand assessments allow us to check and see, rather than speculate, on what kids already know and can do. Then we can make well-informed choices about what to teach.
Kathy Collins inspired a new writing tool in my classroom!
“You are an expert at your own life. Nobody else is.” –Jen Bryant
As I mentioned in my post last week, my students’ first day of school writing surveys revealed a strong aversion to writing and a sense of “I have nothing to … Continue Reading Starting the year with Slice of Life writing.
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Inquiry-based centers introduce kids to mentor texts while helping them find their own mentor texts.
I enjoyed this book as a fan of children’s literature, but it is also a valuable resource to teachers of literacy.
There is an adage: if the teacher is working too hard, the students aren’t working hard enough. There are many cases where this is true: in a writing conference when … Continue Reading Sharing the Work: Assigning Teacher Leaders for Unit Planning
Writing partners can be an important source of inspiration and support for your kids. It’s the rare kid who truly wants to work alone all the time. Writing requires an audience, … Continue Reading Top Five Lessons to Teach to Writing Partners of All Ages Right Now
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On our first full day of sixth grade, I hand each of my students a reading and writing survey and ask them to tell me a little bit about themselves … Continue Reading Sometimes we don’t write in writing workshop
Tony Johnston and Wendell Minor’s new book, Sequoia, will be published later this month. Recently, both of them were gracious with their time and granted me interviews. Hear what they have to say about writing and illustrating. Get a sneak peek at this exquisite text you can use to infuse your students’ informational writing with poetry.