In my line of work as a staff developer, I often get the question, “Which do you think is better? Pens or pencils?” I have to start by saying that … Continue Reading Pens Versus Pencils: Which One is Better for Writing Workshop?
Lucy Calkins, author of many books on teaching writing, often says that conferring is the heart of writing workshop. I once heard her say to a group of graduate students … Continue Reading Tailoring Our Teaching: No Need to Wing It If You’ve Got Great Conferring Notes
It’s January, at the top of a mountain in Vermont. Ten six and seven year olds are lined up on the side of a ski trail. Their skis all pointing … Continue Reading Coaching Conferences in the Writing Workshop
Dear Parents and Caregivers, You might not realize it, but there are a zillion things you can do right at home to foster a love of writing. Even if you, … Continue Reading Ten Suggestions for Encouraging Kids to Write at Home
I recently had a dream about teaching writing. In my dream the kids wrote and wrote and wrote for hours on end as I floated effortlessly from student to student. … Continue Reading Pump Up the Volume!
We’ve all been there. Reading your own writing to somebody else can be scary. Even when I am teaching adults in writing institutes and graduate courses I often have to … Continue Reading Setting Up Writing Partners for Success
Hello Readers! Please allow me to introduce myself. I am thrilled to become a part of this fabulous team of teachers and writers. It is such an honor to be a … Continue Reading Introduction: Beth Moore