When Writers Drive the Workshop is a book with heart. Brian Kissel writes with passion, voice, humility, conviction, and wisdom. The stories he shares from the student writers he worked with are stories that will stay with you, reminding you why doing this work matters so much. Read the rest of the book review and leave a comment for a chance to win your own copy of When Writers Drive the Workshop! (You will want to win!)
What are the books that have shaped you as a teacher of writing? Reflecting today, in thanks, for the authors and books that have influenced my life as a teacher.
Last week I had a conversation with a middle school teacher who has spent her summer studying writing workshop and is excited to make writer's notebooks the backbone of her writing instruction. This is my tenth year as an instructional writing coach and I've had the opportunity to see teachers put notebooks in action hundreds… Continue reading Writer’s Notebooks
I've been preparing for the graduate course, "Children's Literature in Teaching Writing," I'm teaching in June every time my daughter goes down for a nap, heads to sleep, etc. I read through a sleuth of journal articles last month in order to pick the right ones for the course. One of the articles I read,… Continue reading Who are your mentors?
Woo-hoo! You are posting on the last day of March! Today I'll select the final two Writer Pack giveaways. Even if you "fell off the wagon," still join us for the final day of the month long writing challenge! Tomorrow COME BACK to enter the giveways. If you posted 28 or more days there will… Continue reading SOLSC. 2011. 31 of 31.
Sometimes you have to let go of the reigns and allow your students to lead you, right. Well, I'm preparing to do just that tomorrow when I work with my students, during Writing Workshop, to create a new notebook rubric. (I've been using one that is slightly adapted from Buckner's Book since 2006.) In “Assessing… Continue reading A New Writer’s Notebook Rubric
It's that time again... This-coming week is Mid-Year Self-Evaluation Time in my class's Writing Workshop. I've revamped the Mid-Year Self-Evaluation to reflect the questions from not only Buckner's Book (as I have done in the past), but from Elliott's Book, along with some of my own questions. It's a lot less intensive on photocopying entries… Continue reading Mid-Year Self-Evaluation: Want a Copy?
I recently read Michael Putnam's article, "Running the Race to Improve Self-Efficacy," in the Winter 2009 Issue of the Kappa Delta Pi Record. Putnam asserts, "I have complete confidence that you too could run a marathon; but it takes a plan, plenty of hard work and dedication, and a belief in yourself. Running the race… Continue reading Self-Efficacy in Writing Workshop
Aimee Buckner's Book, Notebook Know-How, is an excellent resource for providing kids with strategies for generating notebook writing. Since many folks who took our poll asserted that they wanted more info on units of study, I figured I'd post a minilesson of mine that is based off of Buckner's Best and Worst Life Events Strategy.… Continue reading Sharing a Notebook Lesson
elementary school version of the end of the year reflection tool that ruth created Originally uploaded by teachergal I went to Ruth's Queen of Forms Page, as per her earlier post today, to take a look at the Year-End Writing Evaluation that she has for middle school students. I adapted it to my elementary school… Continue reading The Queen of Forms Page Led Me to Create This!
We did a Poetry Pass for the first time during Interactive Read Aloud yesterday. I wanted to do it so that I could get the kids writing about a 'heavy' poem I presented them with, which is one of the texts in our voice/silence text set. They did a simply amazing job with responding, in… Continue reading Poetry Pass in Interactive Read Aloud
Today's Writing Workshop lesson went soooo well. I had never had kids write about quotations before, but it was such a success! I look forward to folding this lesson into the first unit of study in September. (One student I conferred with wasn't writing much... she was just doing literal explanations, rather than interpretations. Therefore,… Continue reading Quotes & Poetry