agency · back to school

Engage Writers at the Beginning of the Year with Base Training

At the beginning of the school year, take time before launching your first unit to allow students to settle in to writing workshop. This time helps you learn about students, build their confidence, and teach workshop routines.

back to school · bilingual · conventions · craft · ELL · multilingual · routines

Chants for Writing: Support Routines, Conventions, and Craft

Chants are a highly engaging teaching strategy that support multilingual and monolingual learners alike. Try them out for teaching routines, conventions, and craft in writing workshop.

back to school · challenges · creativity · LIWP · NWP · poetry

Nourishing Your Teacher Soul

When your "to-do" list is super long at back-to-school time, should you take time for poetry, writing and friends? A resounding yes! How are you making time to nourish your teacher soul during these challenging times?

back to school · writing workshop

Beyond School Supplies: Energizing Ourselves for a New Year

Going back to school is an exciting time. A new school year gives us a chance to dream, to reconnect with our ideals, and to renew our commitment to ourselves and our students.

back to school · community · Our Favorite Things Blog Series

Creating Community: Our Favorite Things

One of my favorite things about writing workshop is building a strong community of learners. Today's post highlights some of my favorite ways to create community in my third grade class. How do you define community? How do you build community in your writing workshop? Be sure to leave a comment for the chance to win the giveaway!

back to school · Reflections and Shifts As We Move Forward Blog Series · writing workshop

Putting Social Emotional Learning in All We Do: Reflections and Shifts Moving Forward

The research is pretty detailed and consistent that the relationship between teacher and student matters a great deal. It affects their sense of belonging, their relationships with peers, and affects their learning.

back to school · conferring · family · parent involvement · remote learning · routines · writer identity · writing workshop · writing workshop routines

A Letter to Families as we Launch Remote Writing Workshop

As I considered what to write this week, I decided to share a piece I was crafting for back to school, as an instructional coach/remote kindergarten teacher this year. The process helped me to focus on what families might need, as they experience writing workshop in new ways (i.e. at their kitchen tables).