Monthly Archive: August, 2019

Routines and Structures of Writing Workshop: Nurturing Independence from the Start

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In this post, I’ll describe how four parts of writing workshop can foster independence: Minilessons, Independent Writing Time, Partner Time, and the Reflection/Closing.

It’s Tuesday! Join the Slice of Life Community

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It’s Tuesday! Time to write, share and give!

The Importance of Starting Practice with WHY: Nurturing Independence from the Start

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How often do we ask ourselves about what leads our thinking on the teaching of writing? Is our purpose curriculum, or something much more significant? Why do we teach the way we do? And… How do we articulate why this, not that?

Approximation vs. Mastery: Nurturing Independence from the Start

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As our students write this year, it will be important for us to remember that they are still learners, and as such, they will be approximating. It will be unlikely they will reach mastery. Understanding this can actually improve our teaching…

Nurturing Independence From the Start

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This week, the authors at Two Writing Teachers share ideas for building independence in your writing workshops. Here’s a preview of what our series includes.

Why Independent Work Time Matters

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In the spring of 2019, sitting with a small group of 6th grade writers, I shared a video of Jack Ma, speaking on the future of education.  “Education is a big, big challenge… Continue reading

Launching the Year by Connecting to the Known

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Brows furrowed, I stared worriedly at the red marks on my rough draft.  Shifting uncomfortably in the red leather chair, I brought my eyes upward to meet the gaze of the woman sitting… Continue reading