Category Archive: collaboration

Four Writing Workshop Ideas for the Final Stretch

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If you’re in the final stretch–the last few days or weeks of school– here are a few ideas to keep kids writing right to the very end.

How Do We Help Students Find Their Why?

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At first, pride filled my heart, but as I continued to watch, I realized the work ethics I was watching at that moment hadn’t been as clear nor intentional throughout the year. The day’s show of teamwork could have been the culmination of a year’s work, but I knew it was something more.

A Writing Workshop Learning Walk

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As much as I try to flatten the walls of my classroom using technology, the truth is there are still walls. It is me and 25 third graders, and most recently, a fabulous student teacher. Still, the walls are there and often I don’t get to see other teachers in action. Last month, I had the opportunity to remedy that problem for a day.

Collaborating with Colleagues: Assessment Strengthens Writers

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Assessment has played a big role in my shifts as a writing teacher. Colleagues have helped me get there. Come see my journey of the people in my life who have not only impacted the writers in my classroom but have impacted me as a teacher. Assessment strengthens all of us when done right!

Helping Parents See Progress Through the Process

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As learners ourselves, we know students need a supportive culture where taking risks, asking questions, and understanding the value of the process is omnipresent.

Finding Our Teacher of Writers Superpowers

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What teacher of writers superpower would you like to develop this year?

Growing Writers, One Challenge at a Time

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This year, our class motto has been “Push through the struggle.” Originally a mantra of one student, but quickly became the motto of the community. These are the words used to encourage each other to persevere in all learning tasks. The Slice Of Life Story Challenge was no exception!

Using Colleagues to Create Your Own Professional Development: PD Possibilities Series

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My husband is an eighth grade ELA teacher. We often find ourselves having conversations about our day. One night he was mentioning he had to step into a colleagues room for a few… Continue reading

When Revision Doesn’t Work

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I used to think professional workshops were where you would go to get answers, but now I know that the best ones are where you find more questions.

A Tale of Teachers: Collaboration, Community, Connection

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Once upon a time, there was a teacher who became a better teacher by connecting with other passionate educators…

From Telling Stories to Writing Stories- It’s all in respecting the process

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I pause to listen to these stories (as best as I can in classroom of 27 six-year-olds, each with a story to share). After they’ve shared their story I comment, “I can’t wait to read that story!” or “Wow, you already have an idea for writing workshop!” Some walk away shaking their heads, eager to write their story, others look at me puzzled as if they aren’t sure why I would say this when they just told me the story. (I often wonder if they’re thinking, “Weren’t you listening?”).

Solve It Your Way

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I’m excited to share Franki Sibberson’s latest project with you. SOLVE IT YOUR WAY! is an innovative project to encourage creative problem solving and collaborate with others around the globe. I shared this… Continue reading

Modeling Writing Workshop

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Last week I spent a day at Southbury Elementary School in Illinois. (Hello Southbury!) They had students for half a day and the afternoon was a time for us to come together for… Continue reading

Another Way to Launch a Review Unit

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Yesterday in Mr. Gause’s third grade class, some incredible thinking was happening. This week we launched into reviews. Earlier in the week, he asked students to test different toy cars and then select… Continue reading

How much collaboration is too much?

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There were a few times when I sat back at the end of a day of teaching and thought I don’t know if I’d want to be a student in my own classroom. … Continue reading