I teach writing very differently from the way in which I was taught writing. I suspect that many of the parents of my sixth graders feel the same way when their kids come home with stories about mini lessons, mentor texts, and genre studies. “What do all these terms mean anyway?” they must wonder, “and exactly how do they advance my kid’s writing?”.
Take some time to celebrate what your students have accomplished, thanks to your teaching, in writing workshop. Name something — big or small — you’re proud of from this school year.
A quick list of some favorite songs for writing celebrations, to brighten your day!
This recipe for a school-wide writing celebration offers one idea for a way to include all students without the anxiety that often comes from presenting in front of a large group. Also, it is easy to prepare and the outcome is delicious!
Please join me in celebrating with Beth, her husband, and her daughter as they welcome a new addition to their family, Jackson Brinton Moore.
Please join me in celebrating with Anna and her husband as they welcome their son, Thomas Hudson Cockerille, into the world.
Many parents, guardians, and extended family members cannot leave work to attend writing celebrations. Here are some ideas to bring your next publishing party into the community where you teach OR to make them virtual celebrations.
Beth Moore offers a collection of ten publishing party ideas you can use to celebrate your students’ writing.
Each year Deb Gaby helps select a reading theme for the school year at Milford Elementary School. This year, to kick off the BIG reading year, we hosted a carnival. Kids made book… Continue reading
Seven tips to help you get and stay more productive during the holiday season and all year long.
I am thankful for every person who has found their way to our blog. I’m thankful to those who have offered advice, kind words, inspiration, and support through the years. It’s because of you, our readers and fellow educators, that we continue to blog day after day. Thank you for helping us to reach this special occasion in our blogging lives.
Here’s what’s filling up my brain… On Wednesday I’ll be joining educators at the Literacy in Motion Conference at Judson University. If you are there, make sure to say, Hello!
Today is our FIFTH blogiversary. That’s right! Five years ago today we started Two Writing Teachers. Here’s a little look at five things that have changed between June 12th, 2007 and June 12th,… Continue reading
This is great. We’re going to play it this afternoon with the class. Popcorn, apple juice, and a movie to celebrate our work in poetry. Please watch the first minute, because the teacher,… Continue reading
I’ve been percolating some ideas for the Celebrating Writers book Christi Overman and I are working on and expect to have out later this year with Stenhouse. We pretty much had it drafted,… Continue reading
Recently Franki Sibberson interviewed me about the importance of writing celebrations. It was posted on Choice Literacy this week and you can listen here. While there, sign up to receive the Choice Literacy… Continue reading
When authors have a book published, they often have a book party at a local library or bookstore. When Day by Day came out my school hosted a book party for me. For… Continue reading
I know most of us relish in the small celebrations of student writing everyday. This happens when we use student work to teach a minilesson, give positive feedback during a conference, and give… Continue reading
Celebration is important to writers, especially young writers. One way to tell it is time for a writing celebration is when the energy for writing begins taking a nosedive. Sometimes you know you… Continue reading