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When Writers Drive The Workshop: Review and Giveaway

When Writers Drive the Workshop is a book with heart. Brian Kissel writes with passion, voice, humility, conviction, and wisdom. The stories he shares from the student writers he worked with are stories that will stay with you, reminding you why doing this work matters so much. Read the rest of the book review and leave a comment for a chance to win your own copy of When Writers Drive the Workshop! (You will want to win!)

conferring · don graves

Just Listen. Just Listen. Just Listen.

These two words cycle through my mind every, oh I don't know, maybe, every five seconds during writing workshop (and other times of the day, but I'll keep focused on being a teacher of writers). Just listen. Just listen. Just listen. It's a mantra that I'm trying to program into myself. I've been saying these… Continue reading Just Listen. Just Listen. Just Listen.

don graves · guest blogger · Katherine Bomer · lucy calkins · ralph fletcher · standardized tests · writing workshop

Best Practices and Tests CAN Go Together

This week's guest blog post is written by Lynnelle Snowbarger who is in her tenth year of teaching fifth grade in the Jenks Public Schools.  A frequent participant in the Slice of Life Story Challenge, Lynelle also documents her journey with her students at the Bohemian Teacher Blog. Teachers don’t join the profession because of… Continue reading Best Practices and Tests CAN Go Together

don graves · penny kittle · quick write · writing workshop

Rapid Writes

Penny Kittle and Don Graves's Quick Writes Book attracted some of my kids inasmuch as I adapted some of the "Quick Writes" for my students to use as homework (if they needed an idea of something to write about). About two weeks ago, I decided to pull some of the Stories in Hand Sparks, from… Continue reading Rapid Writes

assessment · community · don graves · furniture · meeting area · minilesson

Meeting Areas in Upper Elementary Classrooms

Ro left a comment a couple of days ago asking about meeting areas in upper elementary school classrooms. I've been corresponding with her, but thought that it might be useful to open up a bit of my thinking on the site. I believe it was Don Graves who said that having the kids in your… Continue reading Meeting Areas in Upper Elementary Classrooms

don graves · penny kittle · Write: It's good for you! · writer's notebook · writing

Quick Writes for A Kid

Quick Writes Note To Student Originally uploaded by teachergal I came across my list of follow-ups from Family-Teacher Conferences on my desk this evening as I was trying to clean up. I found something I didn't do yet... "Provide her with Quick Writes." That was the note I wrote to remind myself to give one… Continue reading Quick Writes for A Kid

don graves · NCTE · penny kittle · quick write

It’s not everyday you get Don Graves’ feedback on your writing!

I learned so much at the final session I attended at NCTE today. The session, "Writing from your Teaching Life," was led by Don Graves, Penny Kittle, Meg Petersen, and Karen Hartman. What a treat to have all of these great writers and teachers in the same room! First, we made a map of our… Continue reading It’s not everyday you get Don Graves’ feedback on your writing!