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ICYMI: Starting with What Matters Most

Starting with What Matters Most in Writing WorkshopThis blog series began with a simple question: What matters most to you in writing workshop? Each of us wrote about an aspect of writing instruction which we deem most important.

Deb wrote about the importance of offering students an active, authentic audience.

Lisa wrote about different ways to use a writer’s notebook.

Kathleen shared her thoughts on creating writing identities.

Melanie wrote about all the tools a writer might use in writing workshop.

Stacey wrote about the basic but fundamental principle of giving kids time to write every day.

Beth wrote about the importance of play and joy in writing workshop.

Betsy shared her thoughts about the power of talk.

Finally, I wrote about cultivating authentic work habits.

As you prepare for a brand new school year, we hope this blog series inspired you to focus on what matters most to you.

Thank you to everyone who commented all week long. The winner of a copy of The First Six Weeks of School, donated by Responsive Classroom, is Pam Roiger. The winner was chosen by a random number generator. Pam’s comment was:

Impressed with poster idea of what the teacher is reading & writing. I’ll make that my bulletin post this fall.

Also, thank you to everyone who participated in last night’s #TWTBlog Twitter chat. In case you missed it, you can read all the Tweets in the Storify found here.

Speaking of Twitter chats, we are honored to announce:


Please mark your calendars for Sunday, August 21st at 8:00 PM ET. The co-authors of Two Writing Teachers  will be hosting the #NCTEChat. The topic is Why Writing Workshop?, and we would love to have you there.

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