So, you’ve studied your students’ writing, analyzing their work for strengths and next steps. Maybe you took home a giant stack of writers notebooks, or a huge pile of on-demand writing assessments, or maybe you’ve just finished reading their published pieces. Now what?
Earlier in the week Anna talked about making goals visible. This is so true. When we make goals visible for students they are able to go back to that visual … Continue Reading Aim Higher: The Rest of the Story
At the end of this week, the second marking period will officially come to an end for many of us, and so will the first half of our school year. … Continue Reading Aim Higher: Some Tools For Mid Year Assessments
Four ways to help you discover what makes your students tick as writers.
Why Goal-Setting Matters Much has been written about the current environment in education. We can choose to focus on the ways in which fear is driving the work that we do, the … Continue Reading Aim Higher: Why Goal-Setting Matters and Making Goals Visible
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Encouraging kids to make decisions about their writing, rather than blindly following grammar rules helps lifts the level of their thinking, and the level of their writing.
Silence. It is the other side of talk. It is the back board of listening. When we are silent it opens up our mind to what is going on around … Continue Reading The Art of Listening
I know that it’s January, but this really is the perfect time to…start thinking about the March Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge. Here are some … Continue Reading Start thinking about the March Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge!
Do you have students who are interested in math and science, but claim they hate writing or don’t know what to write about in their writer’s notebooks? Here are 10 newer picture books to inspire them to write about their passion.
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Kids in grades 3rd – 6th choose One Little Word
There is something to be said for emphasizing the kinds of words and phrases that may not deliver a whole lot of meaning on their own, but when used within a piece of writing, are meaning powerhouses.
At our house we have a rule at dinner time: You have to try everything on your plate. Personally, I think it’s a great rule, if I do say so … Continue Reading Three Words for Fostering Adventurous Writers: “Just Try It.”