In writing workshop, we operate on multiple levels– we try to plan and deliver effective minilessons, we try to confer with our writers (and take some notes?), we create anchor charts, and so forth. But what about validating the voices of our student writers? Here are a few tips for disturbing the universe…
When it comes to the teaching of writing in a writing workshop, language is everything. It is through the words we teachers choose that writers are created, built up, encouraged, and inspired.
Sometimes in a busy and chaotic schedule, we inadvertently miss attending to some of our students who like to “fly under the radar.” Being systematic and intentionally positive can make a big difference for some of our writers.
Lanny Ball reminds us that compliments are a bit like gifts we give our students each day.
In my day-to-day teaching I often get swept up in trying to load students up with next step after next step… after next step. Sometimes, what might benefit some students most, … Continue Reading A Compliment Conference
Take the time to compliment every child in every kind of conference you do.
Mr. Stowlkey and Mr. Smith were the teachers in one of the kindergarten writing workshops I was in today. They are incredible teachers. They are both six. (Normally I don’t … Continue Reading Mr. Stowlkey and Mr. Smith
Slicing is supposed to be fun. Sure it’s a challenge. Not just the challenge of writing every single day for a month, but also the challenge of the technology. Unique … Continue Reading Are we having fun yet?
Something Stacey has made me think more deeply about is complimenting student writers. (Much of my learning & prodding to think about this topic has been through reading her drafts … Continue Reading Compliments Versus Feedback
During today’s Writing Circle Luncheon, I had two of my students share a piece of writing they did this week that they were pleased with and on which they wanted … Continue Reading Feedback in Writing Circle
I’ve hesitated writing this post for a few days. For one thing, I didn’t want this post to seem like I was tooting my own horn. Second, I didn’t want … Continue Reading Thank You for the Thank You Note