Are you looking for a professional summer read that will provide a plethora of ideas for how to improve the way you teach next year? Read on to learn more about Leah Mermelstein’s book, “We-Do” Writing, a book with many ideas for helping your students with their conventions, composition and application! Comment on this post for a chance to win your own copy.
Today marks the end of the May blog series, Reflections and Shifts As We Move Forward. Did you miss a post in this series? I’ve got you covered! Read on for links to all the posts in the series and the announcement of our giveaway for The Responsive Writing Teacher!
We’ve reached the final stretch of the Classroom SOLSC! How will you celebrate the end of the challenge?
It’s Week 4 of the Classroom SOLSC! What reflections do you have on the experience so far? How are you planning ahead for a celebration?
We are beginning Week 3 of the Classroom SOLSC! How are your student bloggers doing? This week, we will focus on how essential thoughtful comments are for bloggers. Please share your ideas on how you teach your writers to comment in meaningful ways in the comments of this post.
To end the year on a happy note, I am setting some goals for April, May and June in my own version of a Writing Teacher’s Happiness Project. What would you work on to end your year in a happy way?
It’s Week 2 of the Classroom SOLSC!
My March 2021 SOLSC blog posts can be used as mentor texts as my class embarks on the April 2021 Classroom SOLSC! Read on for more details about using your own writing as mentor texts for your students.
Welcome to the April 2021 Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge! If you haven’t signed up yet, please share your class’ blog information on the Padlet. Click here for more … Continue Reading Classroom SOLSC Week 1- Away we go!
Preparing for a presentation on how blogging can help you build a writing habit, I’ve been reflecting on the power of blogging. The rewards are many. How has blogging shaped your life?
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April might seem a long time away, but now is the time to start preparing for the April 2021 Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge. Blogging is a way to help students develop voice, a sense of audience, build digital citizenship, sharpen writing skills and connect to each other in new ways. Are you ready to share this challenge with your students? Read more to find out all the details!
Our words to our students matter. What our students say to themselves matters. We can inspire and uplift the conversation by using affirmations throughout our teaching and in writing workshop.
Active engagement looks different now than it did pre-COVID-19. One digital tool for active engagement is Pear Deck. Read on to find out how I’m using Pear Deck with my third grade writers!
When we think of stamina, whether with exercise or writing, we might be tempted to think only of the moment – the moment of doing jumping jacks or moving the pencil across the paper. Yet, so much more goes into getting to that moment and then staying in that moment. Stay with me, as I compare trying to build up my stamina for daily movement to students growing in their stamina for writing.
Today I am introducing our November blog series, entitled “Meet Writers Where They Are.” The TWT co-authors envisioned this blog series to be responsive to this moment in time. As educators, we need to meet students where they are. We need to know the students in front of us (or on the screen with us) and understand where they are as learners. Our teaching needs to be focused and directed to what the students need.Join us on November 1 as we launch this series! Read more to learn about the fabulous blog series giveaway, generously donated by Heinemann.
Our instructional minutes count more than ever this year. Read on to discover a new professional book that will help you maximize your teaching in reading and writing while helping your students grow in character and mindset. JoEllen McCarthy’s new professional book, Layers of Learning, is a must read! Comment on the post for a chance to win your own copy.
A back to school 2020 problem for those of us teaching in person- what do you do during masks breaks? A reflective journal that connects to character traits was my solution! Read on for resources I am sharing that match character traits with read alouds and reflective journal prompts.
If ever there were a moment in education to pay attention, be astonished, and tell about it in our writing, I wager it’s now. This is the season of school evolving and changing. This is the back to school season with words we never imagined before- sneeze guards, Zoom breakouts, synchronous and asynchronous, mask breaks, temperature checks, distance learning, hybrid model. What we always knew is no longer, for the most part. What remains? How do we teach well in a COVID-19 world? What matters? What doesn’t? This year, we need to write the moments.
As the 2020-2021 school year sets to start, we recognize that educators need each other more than ever. We need to hold onto our beliefs about the teaching of writing … Continue Reading Inviting Voices from the Community