community · grammar · interactive writing · phonics · spelling · vocabulary · writing workshop

Step Up Interactive Writing (…And Sneak In More Spelling, Vocabulary, and Grammar)

As teachers, we know that when writers encode with ease, they are better able to focus on their ideas. Interactive writing is the perfect setting to build this competency.

agency · community · feedback · goals · management · routines

How do we Know When our Workshops are Working?

Launching a writing workshop is hard work. Intentional work. What are those “look fors” that let us know that our workshops are gelling? That community is being built, routines are being established, and writing work is happening?

back to school · community · Our Favorite Things Blog Series

Creating Community: Our Favorite Things

One of my favorite things about writing workshop is building a strong community of learners. Today's post highlights some of my favorite ways to create community in my third grade class. How do you define community? How do you build community in your writing workshop? Be sure to leave a comment for the chance to win the giveaway!

community · gifted education · Joy

“I Feel Like a Real Writer:” Supporting Gifted Students in Writing

Teaching writing to gifted students isn’t the smooth, easy path some might suppose. Gifted kids often present a range of academic and affective needs. How can we encourage joyful and confident writing in this special population?

choice · community · Distance Learning · Freewriting · guest blogger · Voices from the Community · writing workshop

Becoming Writers Together: The Joyful Writers’ Club

Carving out space and time for experiences that honor student agency and their diverse writing lives is not only empowering but also gifts them with the habit of writing and the identity as writers. We can write our way through this pandemic, together and emerge as writers.

classroom environment · collecting · community · COVID-19 · engagement · flexible seating · independent writing · motivation

Three Ways to Find Joy & Keep Writing

We are now entering week seven in our school district. At the start of the year, there was much to think about and much to worry about.  There were many questions to be answered and all of them seemed continuously uncertain. “We don’t know that yet” or “I’m not sure” were phrases that often seemed… Continue reading Three Ways to Find Joy & Keep Writing

community · conferring · COVID-19 · feedback · remote learning · Seen, Valued, Heard: Writing to Establish Community Blog Series

Seen, Valued, Heard: Providing Feedback AFTER Establishing Community

If your fall instruction plan includes any kind of virtual teaching, then building and maintaining relationships will be more crucial than ever. In order to engage and motivate students, educators must work to genuinely connect with students before focusing on academics.