writing workshop

How do we give permission?

At the start of the pandemic, a teacher friend of mine noticed his students weren’t quite as independent as he thought they were. Students who were working from home, specifically, those who had access to technology seemed a bit helpless. It caused him to reflect and wonder about the levels of independence students experienced in… Continue reading How do we give permission?

EAL · Meet Writers Where They Are Blog Series · multilingual · nurturing

Behaviors: Meet Writers Where They Are

 Since the beginning of our school year, our schedule has changed more times than I could count on one hand. Students have come back from virtual learning, some have moved in and out of at-home learning for set periods of time, and the rest have remained in the physical classroom. Our environment is in a… Continue reading Behaviors: Meet Writers Where They Are

Slice of Life Story Challenge · SOLSC

TUESDAY SLICE OF LIFE STORY CHALLENGE #SOL20

Write a slice of life story. Share your link in the comments section of this post. Give comments to at least three of the other Slice of Life stories. Welcome to Tuesday’s Slice of Life Story Challenge. Below you’ll find a quote by Scott Adams. May it inspire your thinking and writing for today’s story… Continue reading TUESDAY SLICE OF LIFE STORY CHALLENGE #SOL20

Slice of Life Story Challenge · SOLSC

TUESDAY SLICE OF LIFE STORY CHALLENGE #SOL20

Write a slice of life story. Share your link in the comments section of this post. Give comments to at least three of the other Slice of Life stories. Welcome to Tuesday’s Slice of Life Story Challenge. Below you’ll find a quote by Maya Angelou. May it inspire your thinking and writing for today’s story… Continue reading TUESDAY SLICE OF LIFE STORY CHALLENGE #SOL20

Slice of Life Story Challenge · SOLSC

TUESDAY SLICE OF LIFE STORY CHALLENGE #SOL20

Write a slice of life story. Share your link in the comments section of this post. Give comments to at least three of the other Slice of Life stories. Welcome to Tuesday’s Slice of Life Story Challenge. Below you’ll find a quote by Brené Brown. May it inspire your thinking and writing for today’s story… Continue reading TUESDAY SLICE OF LIFE STORY CHALLENGE #SOL20

Slice of Life Story Challenge · SOLSC

TUESDAY SLICE OF LIFE STORY CHALLENGE #SOL20

Write a slice of life story. Share your link in the comments section of this post. Give comments to at least three of the other Slice of Life stories. Welcome to Tuesday’s Slice of Life Story Challenge. Below you’ll find a quote by Osho. May it inspire your thinking and writing for today’s story challenge.… Continue reading TUESDAY SLICE OF LIFE STORY CHALLENGE #SOL20

collecting · COVID-19 · EAL · growth mindset · Literacy for All

A Writer’s Purpose.

I remember the day I ran over to my partner teacher’s classroom. If my memory serves me well, I may have darted over to her classroom, flailing a single sheet in front of her and excitedly showed her the work. It was the work of one of my students. He, a student who could be… Continue reading A Writer’s Purpose.

classroom environment · collecting · community · COVID-19 · engagement · flexible seating · independent writing · motivation

Three Ways to Find Joy & Keep Writing

We are now entering week seven in our school district. At the start of the year, there was much to think about and much to worry about.  There were many questions to be answered and all of them seemed continuously uncertain. “We don’t know that yet” or “I’m not sure” were phrases that often seemed… Continue reading Three Ways to Find Joy & Keep Writing

EAL · English as an Additional Language · language · visual thinking strategies · writing workshop

10 Strategies to Help Keep All Students Learning and Growing, Especially EALs

There are many strategies we can use to help us be the best teachers we can be for all of our students, but keeping good strategies in the forefront can be especially helpful for EAL students. By adding some simple strategies, we can also help EALs enjoy rich and meaningful learning experiences in the classroom.

narrative · personal narrative · storytelling · writing workshop

Oral Storytelling Before Writing

“Let me tell you a story…” are some of the first words that make their way out of my mouth and into the imaginations of students who don’t quite know what to think of me at the start of the year. They come in cautious. In a few days, they will come to school carrying far beyond the simple feeling of cautiousness. They will, many of them, bring with them fear, worry, and anxiety. #TWTBlog

community · digital writing · Seen, Valued, Heard: Writing to Establish Community Blog Series

Seen, Valued, Heard: Name Studies to Establish Community

There is importance in a name. Our names are entry ways into our identities and they can have great impact in cultivating classroom communities where students can thrive and grow.