Beyond the Fundamentals Blog Series

New Blog Series: Beyond the Fundamentals of Writing Workshop

Feb 2018 Blog Series - DRAFTLast August, our co-author team created a blog series we affectionately thought of as Writing Workshop: 101 to help people who were getting started with writing workshop. This week, we’ll dive deeper into the topics we explored during the Writing Workshop Fundamentals Blog Series in August 2017. This week we’re moving beyond the fundamentals for those who are ready to dig deeper into their writing instruction. This series is for experienced workshop teachers who wish to push the limits on traditional teacher/student parameters so that their writing workshops will become more student-centered.

Here’s a preview of what’s to come this week:

  • Later today, Beth Moore will talk about next level unit planning to help you differentiate your curriculum and help your students understand the transference between writing and other subject areas.
  • Tomorrow, Deb Frazier will help you think of ways to involve your students in the classroom environment.
  • On Wednesday, I’ll talk about infusing inquiry minilessons into your repertoire.
  • On Thursday, Lanny Ball will help you take your conferring to the next level.
  • On Friday, Betsy Hubbard will discuss student-led and self-selected small group work.
  • On Saturday, Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski will talk about student-written mentor texts so all students’ voices are honored.
  • Finally, on Sunday, Melanie Meehan will discuss volume and stamina so that you can envision new ways to have your students use independent writing time. 

On Monday, February 12th at 8:30 p.m. EST, we’ll host a Twitter Chat about this blog series. Please join us so we can move beyond the fundamentals and outgrow our thinking together.


  • Back and ForthThis giveaway is for a copy of Back and Forth: Using an Editor’s Mindset to Improve Student Writing by Lee Heffernan. Thanks to Heinemann Publishers for donating a copy for one reader. (You must have a U.S. mailing address to enter this giveaway.)
  • For a chance to win this copy of Back and Forth: Using an Editor’s Mindset to Improve Student Writing, please leave a comment about this or any blog post in this blog series by Sunday, February 11th at 7:00 p.m. EDT. Melanie Meehan will use a random number generator to pick the winner’s commenter number. His/her name will be announced in the ICYMI blog post for this series on Monday, February 12th.
  • Please leave a valid e-mail address when you post your comment so Melanie can contact you to obtain your mailing address if you win.  From there, our contact at Heinemann will ship the book to you.  (NOTE: Your e-mail address will not be published online if you leave it in the e-mail field only.)
  • If you are the winner of the book, Melanie will email you with the subject line of TWO WRITING TEACHERS – BACK AND FORTH BOOK. Please respond to her e-mail with your mailing address within five days of receipt. Unfortunately, a new winner will be chosen if a response isn’t received within five days of the giveaway announcement.

36 thoughts on “New Blog Series: Beyond the Fundamentals of Writing Workshop

  1. Just catching up after a weekend essentially offline! So excited to dig deeper into my workshop practice this week! Thanks for your uber dedication as a writing team-true collaboration that has helped transform my approach to teaching writing in fourth grade!

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  2. Many teachers at my school follow your blog series each week. We learn so much from your collective experience and the conversation we have with each other after reading your posts. We are anxiously awaiting the “Beyond the Fundamentals of Writing Workshop” series that will be shared this week.


  3. This week’s lineup looks amazing. I feel like writing always gets the smallest focus in our literacy PD. This will help move me and my students toward more successful and productive writing time.

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  4. This looks like a great book! As a literacy coach, I’m always looking for ways to support my teachers further in writing! I will be following the series and sharing whatvi learn.

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