“Teach the writer, not the writing.” – Lucy Calkins Do you ever feel exasperated by all of the errors you see in your students’ writing? The conference begins and … Continue Reading Big Picture Series: Conferring
Too often, there are isolated islands of teachers who are attempting best practice, yet feel no support from the teacher across the hall or even in the building. We want … Continue Reading Big Picture Series: Fellow Travelers
Our Entry Table Has Begun to Brim with Anniversary and Chanukah Cards Originally uploaded by teachergal We’re all so busy these days, aren’t we? The snowstorm that hit New England … Continue Reading That Personal Touch
This is my final post for this week’s Big Picture Series on Genuine Writing. Therefore, I wanted to leave you with a draft of a handout I’m planning to hand … Continue Reading Getting Motivated
I’ve come to believe that real writers always need a place to physically write. However, real writers also live real lives. Sometimes it’s not always possible to fit an entire … Continue Reading Quick Jots
Yesterday I worked with three students, from different classes, who were writing about the death of a parent. That’s rough. My first thought is sometimes: Who’s encouraging topic choice? No thank … Continue Reading Writing That Matters
Every writer needs a real writer to look up to. Why not allow your students’ favorite author be, well, YOU!??! By building up an arsenal of texts you created, with … Continue Reading Become Your Students’ Writing Mentor
I spent the first few weeks of school modeling how to share during “Share Time” at Morning Meeting. I did this so that my students would have a greater sense … Continue Reading Sharing (at Morning Meeting)
What is the one thing that will make the biggest, lasting impact in our writing workshops? Being a writer ourselves. Now I’m not talking about writing in order to be … Continue Reading Be a GENUINE Writer.
I woke up from my nap as the car turned into the cemetery yesterday morning. It was a crisp, sunny fall morning, not much different than the morning we laid … Continue Reading My M.M. Post
Today, as students were coming into the building and teachers were greeting them, I witnessed the following interaction in the first grade hallway: A little girl stops in front of … Continue Reading The Power of Writing
End of the 1st Day Back Originally uploaded by teachergal Ali Edwards recently invited readers to think about their One Little Word for 2008 again. Mine is balance. I haven’t … Continue Reading Balance
Some of the quotes/highlights from our posts, which you can locate at any time by typing “Big Picture Series” into the SEARCH BOX on the top right corner of this … Continue Reading Recap of T.B.P.S.
This is the final post of The Big Picture Series. (Ruth stated hers was the last, but after I received some mail from her today, I decided we needed to … Continue Reading The Big Picture: Happy Mail!!!
“I’d rather be able to face myself in the bathroom mirror than be rich and famous.” –Ani DiFranco I created a handbook of classroom regulations and procedures for my fifth … Continue Reading The Big Picture: Honesty
I live with a first grader. Here were her two big concerns prior to the first day of school: One. Will my teacher be nice? Two. Will I have any … Continue Reading The Big Picture: What are kids thinkin’ on the first day?
The Big Picture: Pay no mind to the calendar or your watch! Just pay attention to what you do with your days!
I was about 15 when a family member shared a quote with me that was inscribed on a wall of his high school: “We live in deeds, not years.” It … Continue Reading The Big Picture: Pay no mind to the calendar or your watch! Just pay attention to what you do with your days!
We’ve never really done a “series” per say here on Two Writing Teachers, but it seems that this week our posts have the makings of a series about what really … Continue Reading The Big Picture: Our Colleagues.