Category Archive: don graves

When Writers Drive The Workshop: Review and Giveaway

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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!)

Should Educators Be Writers?

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Is it important that teachers who teach writing actually write?

Just Listen. Just Listen. Just Listen.

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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… Continue reading

Best Practices and Tests CAN Go Together

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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… Continue reading

Rapid Writes

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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… Continue reading

Meeting Areas in Upper Elementary Classrooms

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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… Continue reading

Quick Writes for A Kid

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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… Continue reading

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

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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… Continue reading