My son, Alex, will be starting kindergarten this coming September, and I find myself thinking back to what I did to help those four and five year old emergent writers. With rising expectations for what incoming kindergarteners can do, I’ve been dusting off my kindergarten bag of tricks to work with Alex, to help him feel confident and ready when school starts.
Some of the most influential pieces of writing that have tugged at my heart and live in my soul are blog posts. As we planned this blog series on mentor texts, a lightbulb flashed above my head: Why not create a collection of mentor blog posts to help me improve my own writing? Why not create a similar collection for my students, to share with them possibilities and craft moves they could try, too?
Make Writing: 5 Teaching Strategies That Turn Writer’s Workshop Into a Maker Space is a “MUST READ” for writing teachers. It is a quick read (less than 100 pages), inspiring, practical, and very current, as “maker spaces” are a hot topic in education today. These strategies can be used with all age levels, bring fresh energy to writing workshop, and allow for more students to find their voices as writers.
Anytime you try something new, there will be lessons learned. The Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge (SOLSC) was an ambitious endeavor for my third graders, but a very worthwhile one. As I reflect on the experience, I consider the successes, the difficulties and ways to improve upon what I started this year.
As a classroom teacher, most of the time I am a participant in PD, not the facilitator. I want to learn, to be inspired, to leave a PD session one step closer to being the teacher I dream to be. I believe that teachers have rights when it comes to Professional Development. With rights comes responsibilities, and teachers have those, too as we consider PD.
Welcome to Day 14 of the 4th Annual Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge!
Please post your student writing here.
It’s time again to #CelebrateMonday and trend the positive.
Welcome to Day 13 of the 4th Annual Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge! Today marks the start of Daylight Savings Time- are your students “springing ahead” in the Classroom SOLSC? Are they getting into the groove of daily writing?
Welcome to Day 12 of the 4th Annual Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge! If your students are writing for the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge, this is where you will post… Continue reading
Happy Friday! If your students are writing for the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge, this is where you will post the link to their writing!
Welcome to Day 10 of the Classroom SOLSC for Students! It’s Throwback Thursday!
Welcome to Day 9 of the 4th Annual Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge! We are so glad you are back to post your student writing today! It is “Wonder”ful Wednesday and an awesome… Continue reading
It’s Day 8 for the 4th Annual Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge! If your students are writing for the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge, this is where you will post the link to their writing. It’s Tuesday and today is the one week mark for our challenge.
Welcome back to Day 7 of the 4th Annual Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge! Let’s get ready to #CelebrateMonday and share our student mentor posts!
Welcome to Day 6 of the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge! It’s the weekend! Are your students motivated to keep blogging while not in school?
It is my pleasure to share with you my favorite tweets related to the teaching of writing from February!
Should educators be writers? The conversation continues! We welcome your voice and ideas on how we can spread the word that when educators write, students grow as writers!
There are some days in an elementary school teacher’s life where the white flag must be waved. Halloween. The day before holiday break. Pajama Day. Crazy Hat Day. And, of course, Valentine’s Day…
I used to think professional workshops were where you would go to get answers, but now I know that the best ones are where you find more questions.
In the middle of the school year, how can we breathe new life and energy into writer’s notebooks?
Will you help us welcome new Slicers this March?