For the past several days, the Two Writing Teachers co-author team has been sharing posts to help you nurture independence from the start in your writing workshop. As workshop teachers, the goal is always to establish and sustain independence within our writers. We hope you have been inspired and encouraged to try new strategies, resources, and tips to create a community of independent writers this year.
In case you missed it, here is the list of links and titles from the entire series conveniently in one place!
- Melanie got us ready with her overview post, and Lanny got the series started with a reminder about the importance of honoring approximation in his post, Approximation vs. Mastery.
- Marina’s post, The Importance of Starting Practice with Why, got readers thinking about our purpose in building independence.
- Beth reminded us of Routines and Structures of Writing Workshop and why they help build predictability and consistency in our workshop environment.
- Stacey shared a ready to use list of starting points when thinking about The Importance of Establishing Routines.
- Kelsey encouraged us of the power of what can happen When Writers Choose the Genre.
- I shared a post nudging teachers to look at their own mindset as well as their students’ in, A Writer’s Mindset.
- Kathleen gave us alternatives to homework and steps toward Writing Because You Want To.
- Melanie closed out the series helping us better understand and plan for The Importance of Repertoire.
We hoped you enjoyed all of the posts and find them helpful as you begin a new school year! This whole week we collected comments and randomly selected two winners for Jennifer Jacobson’s fabulous books from our giveaway!
The winner of No More “I’m Done!” is Victoria Serecin, a second-grade teacher.
The winner of No More “How Long Does It Have to Be?” is Judy Marshall, a fourth-grade teacher.
Finally, we hope you will join us this evening for a Twitter Chat at 8:30 p.m. EDT using the hashtag #TWTBlog to join in for final thoughts on this important topic! Share your questions, ideas, and expertise with our Two Writing Teachers community tonight!