Category Archive: choice

How to Write

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This past week I’ve had several conversations with young writers about how to write something. Not the logistics of making letters or spelling words, but how to craft their writing in order to… Continue reading

Teach the Writer

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I wish we could change the world by creating powerful writers forever instead of indifferent writers for school. —Mem Fox I just want to take a deep breath and read those words again.… Continue reading

Facebook Event – Day 3

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Our Stenhouse Facebook Event continues today.  Today’s downloadable, printable writing tip is entitled “Classroom Writing Center.”  This tip will help you create or renovate a space where students can access materials during writing… Continue reading

Nudging

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I’ve been thinking about the difference between pushing and nudging lately. Last summer I listened to Katie Ray and Matt Glover talk about nudging primary students as writers. At first I didn’t think… Continue reading

I {Heart} Writing Workshop

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In honor of Valentine’s Day, let’s make a luscious list of all the reasons we love writing workshop. I’ll start the list here and you add to it in the comments. Sweet! Writing… Continue reading

Highlights from the Week

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I have been in a lot of different writing workshops lately. Just this week I’ve been in 13 writing workshops and have met with 13 different teachers in either reflective practice meetings or… Continue reading

WIP?

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The past few months I’ve been reading several authors’ blogs and I keep coming across the abbreviation W.I.P. Finally I figured out it means Work In Progress. WIP is part of the language… Continue reading

We’re Making Books!

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Whenever I have the privilege of being in a kindergarten classroom, I’m fairly certain I missed my calling in life. Today was no exception. I am a believer in making stuff in writing workshop. I… Continue reading

(Writing) Center Time for Older Students

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Whenever I used to hear the words “Center Time” I immediately thought about early childhood classrooms.  However, that notion changed in 2008 when I created a Poetry Station for my fourth graders.  The… Continue reading

Purpose, Process, & Craft with Carl Anderson

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Carl Anderson (aka: The Conferring Guy) has not only listened to the Beatles’ music; he has studied it.  He has determined by the Beatles wrote particular songs, how they wrote them, and what… Continue reading

Do Your Best

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So our internet is down … my husband’s flights were canceled yesterday … he finally arrived home around midnight after being in South America for the past two weeks … and today he… Continue reading

Thinking About Choice

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One of the sessions I attended at the conference last week was June Yazel’s “The Power of Choice.” It has been rattling around in my mind since. June believes choice is the defining… Continue reading

Individualize Writing Process + Standardized Tests

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Sometimes when I write in this forum it is about topics I have thought through and know exactly where I stand and what I think. Other times I write here in order to… Continue reading

New York Times Article about Reading Workshop

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Mindy Hoffar, leader of the All-Write Consortium, sent this article to coaches.  The article opens a discussion of teaching according to the reading workshop philosophy versus the “canon” of assigned texts.  Although, perhaps the… Continue reading

Choice in Writing Workshop: Is it possible even though it’s necessary?

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Another thing people’s comments on Ruth’s Post got me thinking about was the idea of CHOICE in Writing Workshop.  I wrote about it on this blog in 2007 after attending a session at… Continue reading

Notebooks: What Kind? Division of Sections?

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Ro asked: I’m thinking about my launching unit for W.W and writer’s notebooks. Do you have kids section off their notebooks for minilessons/charts or do you leave it up to them? Last year… Continue reading

Choice & Genre Studies

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After I attended the November 17th NCTE Workshop entitled “Where Has All The Real Choice Gone?” my mind started turning. Ruth and I went out for cupcakes and coffee at Buttercup Bake Shop… Continue reading

Our thinking is evolving

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I noticed that Ruth posted her raw thinking earlier today. Let’s just say that there’s a lot of meta-cognition happening for both of us now that the NCTE Conference is over. I think… Continue reading