I recently read Michael Putnam's article, "Running the Race to Improve Self-Efficacy," in the Winter 2009 Issue of the Kappa Delta Pi Record. Putnam asserts, "I have complete confidence that you too could run a marathon; but it takes a plan, plenty of hard work and dedication, and a belief in yourself. Running the race… Continue reading Self-Efficacy in Writing Workshop
Student Reflection Sheet for Personal Narratives Originally uploaded by teachergal I updated the Personal Narrative Page on the Two Writing Teachers Website to include a student reflection sheet and an in-depth comment sheet that my students will be putting in their personal narrative portfolios when they get ready for this Tuesday's Publishing Party. I hope… Continue reading Publishing Personal Narratives
Starting My Poetry Craft Table Originally uploaded by teachergal Tomorrow, I'm doing some explicit instruction on identifying poetic tools in poems we admire and then trying to use those tools in our own poetry. Hence, I'll be using this Poetry Craft Table, which I either adapted from Pat Werner or from Davis & Hill's Book… Continue reading Preparing for Tomorrow’s Mentor Poems Lesson
Inspired by Davis and Hill's Book The No-Nonsense Guide to Teaching Writing: Strategies, Structures, and Solutions, which is published by Heinemann, I began giving my students weekend writing assessments last year. One of the girls in my class suggested that I change-up the Weekend Writer's Notebook Assessment Form (which I had already modified from Davis… Continue reading Self-Assessing Their Notebooks
Davis and Hill gave me the idea to have students fill out a weekend writer's notebook assessment. I gave it to my students for the first time today and walked them through a sample of how to fill it out on the overhead projector. I also provided copies in English/Spanish so that their parent/guardian, who… Continue reading Weekend Writing Assessments
I've been known to use lots of gimmicky things to get kids to write in their notebooks. For instance, I'll create mini-charts (aka: cheat sheets) of the large strategy charts I have hanging in the classroom. Then, I'll have the kids tape them into their writer's notebook to help them get started or to assist… Continue reading Gimmicks
Sample List Originally uploaded by teachergal Encourage your students to keep a list of things they can write about in their writer's notebooks (an idea I took from The No-Nonsense Guide to Teaching Writing by Judy Davis and Sharon E. Hill). Here's a page out of a former student's notebook. You can see the specificity… Continue reading They can never say that they don’t know what to write about anymore!