Category Archive: Beyond the Fundamentals Blog Series

ICMYI: Beyond the Fundamentals of Writing Workshop

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In case you missed any posts from our most recent blog series, Beyond the Fundamentals of Writing Workshop, here’s a round-up.

Independent Writing Time: Beyond the Fundamentals of Writing Workshop

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Last week I met with a teacher about a writer who worries her. “Where’s his writing?” I asked. She pulled out a piece with a date on it, and the date was from… Continue reading

Student-Written Mentor Texts: Beyond the Fundamentals of Writing Workshop

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While many teachers seem knowledgeable about mentor texts and teacher-created texts, it is my hope that focusing on student-written mentor texts will lead more teachers to realize students can be mentor authors, too.

Student-Led Small Groups: Beyond the Fundamentals of Writing Workshop

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Small group instruction allows for efficiency and strategy sessions with more than one student. Allowing students to lead these groups and sessions gives purpose and opportunity to not only further the understandings of the leader but impacts your community of writers as they grow.

Conferring with Writers: Beyond the Fundamentals of Writing Workshop

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    “How about we read Goodnight, Gorilla?” Raising my eyebrows, I gazed hopefully at my two year-old daughter.  “Or maybe we could read The Grouchy Ladybug? You love that one!” “No!” Her… Continue reading

Inquiry Minilessons: Beyond the Fundamentals of Writing Workshop

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There are many ways to teach a minilesson effectively. Many people think inquiry minilessons are stickier than demonstrations since kids “discover” things on their own. As a result, learning stays with kids longer since they’ve come to the learning on their own.

Environments for Kids & With Kids: Beyond the Fundamentals of Writing Workshop

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As I thought about writing this post, I considered my day and what needed to get done.  I mulled over when I would go to the store, how many loads of laundry I… Continue reading

Next Level Unit Planning: Beyond the Fundamentals of Writing Workshop

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Tips for moving to the next level of unit planning.

New Blog Series: Beyond the Fundamentals of Writing Workshop

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Our new blog series, Beyond the Fundamentals of Writing Workshop, begins today. This series is for experienced workshop teachers who wish to push the limits on traditional teacher/student parameters so their writing workshops will become more student-centered. This post contains a preview of what’s to come in our posts this week plus information about a book giveaway we’re hosting as part of this blog series.