christopher lehman · homework · Mary Ehrenworth · middle school · scheduling · time for kids

Time to Write

Donald Murray, author of the seminal text A Writer Teaches Writing (Houghton Mifflin, 1985), teaches us that one of the most important things to a writer is time, time to write.  But with the many time constraints faced by teachers, how can we be thinking about time in ways that make a difference for our students?

brainstorming · christopher lehman · content-area writing · engagement · research

Using Writing for Research in the Content Area: It’s Not Just for ELA

Today's guest blog post comes from Library Media Specialist, Shannon Betts.

christopher lehman · professional books · professional development · writing workshop

Close Writing: Review and Giveaway

"Mrs. Sokolowski, I'm done!" It's a refrain I've heard often from students, who tell me they are completely finished with a piece of writing. More times than not, as I read the student's work, I see that the piece could use more revisions, more editing, more care. I've always felt that having a passionate purpose… Continue reading Close Writing: Review and Giveaway

christopher lehman · growth mindset · inspiration · olw · One Little Word (OLW) · writing workshop

Kathleen’s One Little Word of 2016

My fourth grade self's advice, my grandmother's influence, participating in the Literacy Leaders' Forum, and even a Facebook quiz and a fortune cookie have all pointed me in the direction of my One Little Word for 2016...HAPPY.

balanced literacy · big picture · christopher lehman · commenting

An Interview with Educator and Author Chris Lehman

Recently, I caught up with my friend and colleague Chris Lehman. For a little end-of-the-year inspiration, please enjoy our interview: Beth: Your books make it clear that you have a passion for reading and writing. Have you always loved to read and write? Chris: Well, that’s complicated. Ha. I have always loved writing. I had… Continue reading An Interview with Educator and Author Chris Lehman

christopher lehman · content-area writing · guest blogger · informational writing · research

Informational Writing Can Be Informational Learning: A Guest Blog Post by Christopher Lehman

Students’ informational writing can change dramatically when we include an extra step in between: 1) take notes, 2) experiment with those notes by teaching-through-writing, 3) write a draft.

christopher lehman · common core · lucy calkins · standards · writing

Pathways to the Common Core + a Giveaway

I’ve been working hard to prepare lectures for my graduate students that address the  Common Core State Standards, or CCSS, with regard to the teaching of writing.  While I have read through the writing standards many times, I wanted to delve deeper into the CCSS so I could help my students understand the implications of… Continue reading Pathways to the Common Core + a Giveaway