This week, my TWT colleagues and I are writing about the importance of authentic purpose to writers. We all agree that our students will benefit from having strong voices, clear … Continue Reading Exploring Feelings Through Writing: Authentic Purposes for Writing
Already, NCTE seems like a long time ago. However, as I reread my notes and think about some of the lasting learning, I have more to share! Vocabulary Matters was a great session!
My one little word was not difficult to choose this year. The challenge will be about honoring it throughout 2017!
Deb shared fabulous ideas about developing authentic audiences in a post she wrote for the blog series on What Matters Most.
Kelly Boswell reminded me of a three step process for using mentor texts with students.
Feel free to add on or share some ideas of how caregivers can support children’s writerly lives.
Last week, I attended the Connecticut Reading Association’s convention, and I was lucky enough to hear and see some of my literacy heroes. Jennifer Serravallo presented about writing instruction, and … Continue Reading Thinking about Writing Strategies-Inspired by Jennifer Serravallo
Assessment serves several purposes, and when used intentionally, can drive instruction in meaningful ways for our learners.
Over the next seven days, my friends and I here at Two Writing Teachers will share important concepts around assessment in writing workshops. We have all given a lot of thought … Continue Reading NEW BLOG SERIES: Assessment Strengthens Writers
Whenever I pull a small group for a lesson, there are some important guidelines I try to remember and follow.
Contests and publication opportunities for young writers have potential to motivate and inspire.
In a recent post about small group instruction, I wrote about ways to group students who need instruction on a similar strategy. Sometimes, we form small groups ahead of time through … Continue Reading Tools to have on hand for Small Group Instruction
Claudia Mills’ newest book Write This down was released on September 27th. In a recent essay, she shares some of her processes and revision decisions as she worked through drafts to published copy.
Small group instruction is a powerful way to reach and teach more students in your classroom!
Like so many routines and procedures, the investment of time to establish successful, productive, independent partnerships is incredibly worthwhile!
You can learn a lot about students when you give them a chance to tell you want they know!
During the last week of school, I met with a group of fourth graders to have an end of the year reflective conversation. We can learn so much about what … Continue Reading Straight From Students: Why Teachers Should Write
Over the summer, a few of us at TWT all received questions about how to manage extra adults in the classroom. Today and tomorrow, Deb and I have begun our … Continue Reading Maximizing the Adult Resources in Our Classrooms
One of the most important questions I always have in the back of my head when I am working with students is how to ensure that the concept I … Continue Reading What Are Their Tools For Independence? Starting With What Matters Most
My last post was about some of the reflections that I want to remember when I teach any genre of writing, but I also wanted to share more of our … Continue Reading Have Charts, Will Travel. Mentor texts? Even better!