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Five Questions for Reflection

As the year begins to wind down for me and I start to think about camping trips, beach days, conferences, and books to read I want to be sure I take some time to reflect before I forget what worked and what did not. I came up with five questions to use as my anchor for reflection. If you would like to reflect using the same questions, click the image and it will take you to the Google Doc version. Feel free to “Make a copy” under the “File” menu and write some responses to save and revisit once the new school year approaches.

Consider commenting about the following to start a conversation.

As you ponder resources to purchase for your summer reading, consider sharing one of your favorites, in the comments, that helped inspire you and tighten up your workshop in the past. As a kindergarten teacher, my favorite resource was Talking, Drawing, Writing by Horn and Giacobbe. Last year I read Ralph Fletcher’s, Making Nonfiction From Scratch. This book definitely helped me improve how I tackled nonfiction and research writing with my students this year.

Are you attending any great conferences that might inspire a writing teacher this summer? Share the name and date in the comment section!

What type of support works best for you as a teacher? Share what has supported you the most as a teacher of writers.

I hope everyone has a wonderful end to the school year. It is always nice to feel like there is some space for learning and re-charging our teaching batteries! A little sunshine doesn’t hurt either.

3 thoughts on “Five Questions for Reflection

  1. These are great questions for reflection, Betsy.

    Last summer was the first summer (since 2005) that I missed attending the TCRWP Summer Institute. Looking forward to attending the writing institute there this summer. 🙂


  2. I agree with Kathleen — Patty’s book is a godsend for feedback and a perfect read for preparing for a new year. Also, the NWP and the Summer Institute changed my life as a teacher of writers and my own writing. I highly recommend it! My favorite conference of the summer is All Write in Indiana. I always learn so much and love meeting up with many SOL friends too!


  3. Thank you for the reflection questions. I love the idea of reflecting now, then rereading as the new school year begins to make sure to tackle those challenging areas. I think there is a lot of room for growth in my workshop. I had planned to give kids concrete copies of anchor charts to glue in their notebook and then it never happened….One area I really want to work on is implementing mentor sentences into my day because I think it will help kids more thoughtfully understand conventions and grammar and writer’s choices. The book I recently reviewed, When Writers Drive the Workshop, by Brian Kissel was an excellent read and would help teachers rethink many parts of the workshop from a student-centered perspective. Currently reading Feedback That Moves Writers Forward by Patty McGee (review to be posted the end of June) and there have been many “ahas!” along the way. I want to suggest that everyone look into their local site of the National Writing Project. In the summers, most sites offer a Summer Institute for teachers and this is a rich experience where you immerse yourself in the writing process. If you don’t think of yourself as a writer, this is the place to go! Also, Kate Messner’s Teachers Write is a way for teachers to grow as writers from the comfort of your own home if you cannot travel or have little ones at home.


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