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Summer Writing Bucket List

If you are a reader of our blog, then chances are you already understand the importance of practicing writing yourself to become a stronger writing teacher. When you practice writing regularly, you:

  1. Develop empathy for the challenges your students face daily in your writing workshop.
  2. Practice strategies that you can then share with writers when they encounter the same challenges as you.
  3. Live differently: you walk through life noticing things you might have overlooked, everything becomes a possible story or poem idea.
  4. Become part of a larger community–of teachers who write…and writers who teach.

What’s on your summer writing bucket list? You don’t need to have a novel hiding in your desk drawer to call yourself a writer. All the small things add up. If you don’t have a list going already, here’s a little inspiration for Summer 2016:

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What’s on your writing bucket list? Please share in the comments below!

9 thoughts on “Summer Writing Bucket List

  1. Love to see that this post included a Piktochart presentation (is that what it’s called??). I plan to have my students experiment with making infographics next year as a new “genre” to explore. I haven’t delved into Piktochart yet, so it was great to see what’s possible with this app!


    1. Oh, Byrd Baylor, one of my favorites! I have done a ‘summer celebrations’ and then related it to numbers to that I can start the year with a fun activity with my kids. I am sure you have seen this before: Match the numbers to what they represent…1 – the times I road a tandem bike, 42 – the number of mosquito bites I got in one day, 5 – the number of rainbows I saw, etc.


  2. After reading Byrd Baylor’s I’m in Charge of Celebrations to my second graders, I’m inspired to keep a “summer celebrations” notebook!


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