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.
This week has been full of writing workshop conundrums and dilemmas!
I’ve culled the TWT archives for posts you might want to read during the first month of the school year.
A list of beginning of the year read aloud books to set a positive climate and kick start your workshop.
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.
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.
ICYMI: A look back at our blog series about sharpening workshop routines.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
We received a couple of questions about conferring last week. They were: Michele wrote: I would like for you to share ideas about conferring. I love my conversations about books with my 4th… Continue reading
Ruth, and many other TWT Readers, have been back-to-school with the kids for weeks. My students, on the other hand, start classes this Tuesday. I was cleaning out my closet the other day… Continue reading
Yesterday was our day to work on Writing Workshop at our school’s Summer Institute. My colleagues and I revised our launching unit from last year since it was filled with too many collecting… Continue reading