Category Archive: back to school

Back to School Posts on TWT

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We’ve curated some of our top ‘Back to School’ posts to help you plan and launch your writing workshop.

Give Heart Maps a Rest! Try Writing Territory Maps

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The heart map is a great tool for helping students find personally meaningful topics, but used year after year, it might feel a little stale. Writing territory maps is another option!

Writing Mantras for the New School Year

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What can we say to ourselves to affirm the power of writing? What words will help us move forward when the going gets tough? Thinking about class writing mantras…

Essential Thoughts- Building a Community of Writers

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Writers within a community understand the importance of their writing community and work to maintain its existence. Because the students value their writing community, they also feel accepted and free to try new ideas, take risks, and push themselves to be their personal best. They feel encouraged internally and externally.

Okay, But What Would You Do?

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This week has been full of writing workshop conundrums and dilemmas!

Back to School

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I’ve culled the TWT archives for posts you might want to read during the first month of the school year.

Beginning Year Read Alouds

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A list of beginning of the year read aloud books to set a positive climate and kick start your workshop.

There Are More Ways Than One To Teach A Minilesson

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Last week I wrote a post titled How To Plan A Minilesson From Scratch, and I outlined a very simple way to plan minilessons, based on the work of my wonderful colleagues at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. Now, I am going to backtrack a bit and revisit just a teensy weensy bit of what I said. I wrote, “Every minilesson can pretty much go the same way.” And this is absolutely true, most of the time. Except for those times when it’s not true.

Visual Writer Introductions

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Fostering a nurturing writing community at the beginning of the school year means taking the time to build a community of writers. Here’s an artistic way you can have students introduce themselves, and their quirks, to their peers.

RECAP: Sharpen Your Workshop Routines Blog Series

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ICYMI: A look back at our blog series about sharpening workshop routines.

Sharpen Your Workshop Routines: Writing Centers to Organize All Your Materials

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Every year, around this time, I start having dreams about setting up my classroom. In the classroom of my dreams, I’m moving around small circular tables, unfurling a brand new rug for the… Continue reading

Sharpen Your Workshop Routines: 5 Secrets to Great Meeting Areas

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Are you looking to make the most out of your classroom’s meeting area? Find out how to create and maintain a meeting area that will function as the focal point of your writing workshop.

What is it you do?

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We were at a family reunion last weekend and had too-few minutes to visit with one of my favorite cousins who I only get to see once a year at the reunion. She… Continue reading

Going “Back to School”

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Some teachers have been back to school since August 1st, while others head back after Labor Day.  By looking through our site stats I’ve noticed a lot of people are searching for terms… Continue reading

Getting the Room Ready

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I miss having a classroom of my own at this time of the year.  There’s something about putting up fadeless paper and borders, getting supplies ready, preparing the meeting area, and labeling books… Continue reading

GUEST BLOG POST: Starting The Year As Writers

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Linda Baie just moved from the classroom after 20 years of teaching gifted students in an independent progressive school in Denver, Colorado.  She is starting her second year as the school’s literacy coach,… Continue reading

The Un-Perfect Classroom

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I was one of three new kids in my bunk at camp in 1989.  The rest of the girls who were in my bunk had been together for a few years and were… Continue reading

Updating Your Map

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The navigation system I have in my car is three years old.  Considering there’s been a great deal of construction in an area I travel to frequently, my GPS doesn’t do a great… Continue reading

Fall Into Books with Your Students This Fall

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Up until last week, if you had asked me what book I’d recommend you read to your students to get them excited about Reading Workshop (Yes, Reading Workshop.  I know, I know, this… Continue reading

Getting Ready to Go “Back to School”

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Some teachers are enjoying August without a care in the world, while others are at the bitter end of their summer vacation.  Therefore, I thought I’d take a few minutes to point you… Continue reading