collaboration · end of year reflection · Reflective Practice

Writing Teachers: It’s Time to Pass the Baton!

By taking a few simple steps and asking some easy questions, you can pass your knowledge about your current students on to the next teacher and prepare for a new group of incoming writers.

collaborative planning · end of year reflection · small group

Keep Writers Growing (An End-of-Year Pep Talk)

Wondering how to use the final weeks of school to keep your writers growing? Just a few simple steps can help you maximize your end-of-year small group teaching!

argument writing · opinion writing · oral language

Use Oral Language to Strengthen Opinion Writing (For Writers of All Ages!)

There are many layers to developing a good opinion piece, and oral language can be used to support students throughout this process in ways that are both engaging and fun. Here is a quick if/then troubleshooting guide to support the use of oral language to build opinion writing skills.

assessment · mentor texts · student work

We’ve Got Anchor Papers…Now What?

Have you ever found yourself with student anchor (exemplar) papers and not known what to do with them? Today's post provides several ideas for using student writing in powerful ways for assessment, instruction, and communication.

agency · Amping up Agency Blog Series · caregivers

Transferring Agency from School to Home: Amping Up Agency Blog Series

If you are looking for ways to increase a young writer’s agency at home–either as an educator or as a parent–here are some things you might want to consider.

authentic writing · conventions · writing workshop

Tackling Sentence Struggles With Older Writers

If you're a teacher of older students (3rd grade and up) and have ever found yourself asking what you can do for kids who are still struggling with basic capitalization and punctuation, you're not alone! Today's post provides ideas to support teaching and transfer of sentence writing conventions in authentic and fun ways with our older writers.

goals · teacher writing · teacher-as-writer

Writing Your Way into a New Year: Be a Lead Writer in 2023

Are you ready to start 2023 as a Lead Writer in your classroom as well as a Teacher? Grab a notebook, pick up a pen, and start writing! You’ll be amazed at your own growth–and at the impact it will have on your students.