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 … Continue Reading Sharpen Your Workshop Routines: Writing Centers to Organize All Your Materials
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 … Continue Reading What is it you do?
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 … Continue Reading Going “Back to School”
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, … Continue Reading Getting the Room Ready
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 … Continue Reading GUEST BLOG POST: Starting The Year As Writers
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 … Continue Reading The Un-Perfect Classroom
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 … Continue Reading Updating Your Map
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, … Continue Reading Fall Into Books with Your Students This Fall
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 … Continue Reading Getting Ready to Go “Back to School”
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 … Continue Reading Back to School Week: Conferring
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 … Continue Reading Routines I Teach So Things Run Smoothly
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 … Continue Reading This Year’s Launching Unit
My husband (that feels cool to write) took this photo of me on our honeymoon. He captured me writing an entry, on the beach, in my writer’s notebook. I think … Continue Reading Practice What You Preach