This morning, as usual, we were running a little behind schedule. “Lily, put on your coat,” I said to my daughter, who is five, as I zipped up my son, Jackson’s, snowsuit. Lily… Continue reading
This week, we’ve been re-posting our favorite old posts. I always learn a ton from my friend and co-blogger Stacey Shubitz. This post of hers, from one year ago, is one that I just loved.
Thinking about your demonstration texts this way can give you some inspiration for multiple ways to teach the same minilesson, to the whole class, or to small groups as follow-up.
The way I felt about starting my first garden is probably how a lot of kids feel during writing workshop when we give mysterious directions to “add more detail” or “grab the reader’s interest.” The language many of us use during writing workshop probably makes perfect sense to adults–but for kids we need to be more explicit. Teaching just by telling is not enough.
When you share your gratitude for someone’s support, you give them energy and inspiration to keep on going.
Join us every Tuesday for the Slice of Life Story Challenge!
If you are a young kid, and you are trying to spell a word, what do you do?
Join us! Share a story from your life!
Have you ever banned a topic from your writing workshop? If you have, you’re not alone…but you may want to think twice about that policy.
This week my colleagues and I are writing posts that we hope will make your life a little easier. We’re sharing some ways to work smarter, not harder.
Welcome to November everybody!
Call it jargon, call it terminology, call it what you will. We have our own made-up words for things sometimes.
Inspired by a story about a brave high school student, I left a positive post-it note for each teacher I worked with earlier this week.
And with November, comes report cards.
The one question that comes up again and again, no matter what part of the country I happen to visiting, is TIME.
On-demand assessments allow us to check and see, rather than speculate, on what kids already know and can do. Then we can make well-informed choices about what to teach.
Writing partners can be an important source of inspiration and support for your kids. It’s the rare kid who truly wants to work alone all the time. Writing requires an audience, someone to give… Continue reading
This week has been full of writing workshop conundrums and dilemmas!