Maya Angelou said, “Prepare yourself, so that you can be a rainbow in somebody else’s cloud.” I’m working on it. I hope you’ll join me.
Like many of you, I am learning how to teach my own two kids at home. I’m a little hesitant to say “homeschool” because what I’m doing isn’t really the … Continue Reading Writing With My Kindergartener At Home
Usually, readers of Two Writing Teachers are teachers and literacy coaches. However, this post is as much for families at home with kids as it is for teachers.
It is now Day 16 of the 13th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge! #SOL20
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How quiet is too quiet, when it comes to writing workshop?
A clear teaching point helps students understand the work, and makes your conference more memorable. A concisely stated teaching point is also is a tool for keeping your conference focused and effective.
I was surprised to discover that some kids see How-To’s as something that is only for kindergarteners. I wonder how many teachers might also think of How-To’s as something that is too easy for older writers.
Here are three things I’m working on, right now, in the first week of February.
This March, we’ll host the 13th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge.
Even if you were somebody who enjoyed your teachers’ written comments or corrections on your papers, there are some solid reasons to consider not writing on your students’ work.
Most of us probably do it without even thinking much about it, but our young writers might not have developed this important habit.
Providing options for paper allows all your students to do the same type of writing (opinion, persuasive, or argument) in many different ways. Differentiating the materials makes it possible for all your students to do the work–without having to resort to a formula or fill-in-the-blank worksheet.
Just like Dory, in the movie Finding Nemo, young writers can easily lose their way and forget where they were headed, especially if they stop for too long and lose their momentum.
We say to kids, “Here’s your notebook! Now you are writer!” We want kids to write in school and beyond. Maybe there are things we can do in school to keep their writerly lives going–even when our units of study and minilessons have moved on to other aspects of the work.
Conferring with young writers is far too complex to boiled down to just one important aspect. But… if you had to name the most important part of a writing conference, what would it be?
Inspired by a recent conversation I had with some fourth graders, today I want to share a post with you that is also something you can share with your students. Feel free to read, display, or otherwise share with your third fourth, fifth graders, and middle schoolers.