Call it jargon, call it terminology, call it what you will. We have our own made-up words for things sometimes.
Did you pick one little word this year? How’s it going?
Some weeks ago, when the school year was brand new, I wrote about setting up our Reading Journals for a year of writing about our reading. Now we are approaching … Continue Reading Writing About Reading Begins With Thinking About Reading
“Writing is like breathing, it’s possible to learn to do it well, but the point is to do it no matter what.” ― Julia Cameron, The Right to Write: … Continue Reading Write, share, give: It’s SOL time!
I’ve always been a diary and letter person. I have loads of journals from my childhood and post-college years. To this day, I relish letters I saved from my childhood … Continue Reading Two New Mentor Texts I Adore + Book Giveaways
What factor has the most notable effect on student achievement?
Long ago, most teachers I knew had a ritual that they held near and dear to their hearts. At the end of every writing workshop, a child sat in the … Continue Reading The “Share” Time
Assuming that children understand the elements of a story is assuming too much. These elements must be taught if they are meant to be used in the writing process.
By the time I arrived at Cornelius Minor’s TCRWP workshop, State-of-the-Art Workshop Teaching of Writing in Middle School, harnessing Methods Specifically Described in the New Units of Study, I had … Continue Reading Teaching Writing in Middle School: Notes from the Saturday Reunion #TCRWP
“Because this business of becoming conscious, of being a writer, is ultimately about asking yourself, How alive am I willing to be?” ― Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions … Continue Reading Write, share, give: It’s SOL time!
I spent a weekend in the woods learning about picture book art and design at a workshop led by educators from the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and the Highlights Foundation.
Listen to these kindergarten students respond to the question, “What do you know about being a writer?”
Happy National Day on Writing!
Inspired by a story about a brave high school student, I left a positive post-it note for each teacher I worked with earlier this week.
Last week we looked at a couple of students who were working on the visual plan and the use of drawing lessons. Let’s peek in and see how that work is coming along in the shared and independent practice of writing workshop.
We are in that in-between stage right now in writing workshop, having just completed our Personal Narrative unit, and pausing briefly before we begin our unit on memoir. These in-between … Continue Reading Writing through the visual arts: an “in between” unit of study
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 SOLSC bloggers. “It’s … Continue Reading WRITE, SHARE, GIVE: IT’S SOL TIME
Do you have students who claim they don’t know what to write about in their writer’s notebooks? Here are 10 new picture books to inspire them to write.
Another strategy for writing about reading: Written Conversations
I admit, when I first heard about Twitter, I thought the concept was ridiculous. Shooting a message of 140 characters or less into the world? Why? Who would care? Since … Continue Reading Free Professional Development! Tweet All About It.