Welcome to the next stop on Melanie Meehan’s Every Child Can Write blog tour! Today’s focus is on Chapter 8, which has excellent ideas for educators when it comes to teaching striving writers about spelling and conventions. Be sure to comment on this post for a chance to win your own copy of Every Child Can Write! (You are going to want a copy of this book ASAP! It is THAT good!)
Time is precious, and your mental energy even more so. Why waste either when others before you have learned through trial and error? Avoid common missteps by reading these simple tips.
Sound assessment plays a vital role in showing and in detailing progress students are making toward reasonable goals.
I’ll be honest. I actually love on-demand writing assessments.
As learners ourselves, we know students need a supportive culture where taking risks, asking questions, and understanding the value of the process is omnipresent.
We spend a week or so sharing stories, and building excitement for writing stories. We hand out notebooks with fanfare, and writers happily personalize them. They brainstorm ideas for stories they could write.… Continue reading
A strong active engagement, and a routine for informally assessing student work during the minilesson can give you the tools you need to be sure that no student leaves the meeting area completely confused.
Comparing two writing samples may be as effective as scoring using a rubric
Sometimes the place we land isn’t where we belong, it is merely a place to pause before the real destination.
In Assessing Students’ Digital Writing:Protocols For Looking Closely, Troy Hicks and a team of forward looking educators have given us lenses through which to appreciate and evaluate the type of digital creativity that students seem adept at…
Do your on-demand writing samples go into a folder or do they help you plan your next steps?
We see what we choose to see when we look at student writing.
This week on Two Writing Teachers, we each chose another co-author’s previously published post to feature as part of our very own Throwback Week.
At the end of this week, the second marking period will officially come to an end for many of us, and so will the first half of our school year. This is the… Continue reading
Valuable lessons can be learned when an assessment tool designed for one genre is used to assess another.
And with November, comes report cards.
On-demand assessments allow us to check and see, rather than speculate, on what kids already know and can do. Then we can make well-informed choices about what to teach.
One thing I love so much about being an educator is the cyclical nature of the school year. The beginning of the year brings promise, renewed energy, and a certain mania. The middle… Continue reading
At the end of the school year, we are often faced with pages and pages of student writing. Most of it may have gone home already, but now is a great time to… Continue reading
Launching our yearlong Slice of Life writing challenge is an exhilarating experience for my sixth graders. None of them have done any type of digital writing, and the very idea of posting a… Continue reading