This year I had the opportunity to try out flexible seating with brand new furniture. It’s been an adventure and I’ve learned many lessons along the way. What are your experiences with flexible seating?
You can learn a lot about students when you give them a chance to tell you want they know!
Have you ever visited a colleague’s classroom or watched a video of a lesson and wondered, “How are those kids so perfect? How do they seem to know exactly what … Continue Reading A Game Plan for Writing Workshop Transitions
We’ve curated some of our top ‘Back to School’ posts to help you plan and launch your writing workshop.
This year, I’m reaching back into habits of old and carving out time to write during that first day. Here are some things I will keep in mind…
I’ve culled the TWT archives for posts you might want to read during the first month of the school year.
Some teachers have been back to school since August 1st, while others head back after Labor Day. By looking through our site stats I’ve noticed a lot of people are … Continue Reading Going “Back to School”
Lindsay Reyes began her teaching career seven years ago in South Carolina where she taught 4th and 5th graders. Following her heart for urban education and literacy reform, she moved … Continue Reading Happy New Year! Using Celebration to Restore and Build our Identities as Writers
I recently read a post on Raising Reading and Writers that talked about Glogster. I hadn’t heard of Glogster, which is a tool for creating virtual posters, and therefore checked … Continue Reading Glogster
If I were still a classroom teacher, then tomorrow would be my first day back to school (unless I were still teaching in Manhattan, and then I’d be heading back … Continue Reading Celebrate What You CAN Do!
Mary Brothers is starting her tenth year of teaching with Dublin City Schools where she has taught first, second, and fourth grades. Last year she was a Technology Support Teacher … Continue Reading Launching Writing Workshop in the Primary Grades: A Guest Blog Post by Mary Brothers
Some teachers buy them for their students. Some teachers have parents purchase their own. Some teachers have school-issued marble composition books. Regardless of where students’ writer’s notebooks come from, there … Continue Reading A New Notebook for the New School Year
Here’s a little Slice of Life from the first student day. As a coach, the first day is one of the days I miss the most about being a classroom … Continue Reading Ruth’s SOLS: First Day Minilesson — What is Writing Workshop?
Some teachers are enjoying August without a care in the world, while others are at the bitter end of their summer vacation. Therefore, I thought I’d take a few minutes … Continue Reading Getting Ready to Go “Back to School”
My neighbor’s son is starting Kindergarten this month. Even though I’ve only known him for a little over a year, I’m delighted for him since this is an exciting time … Continue Reading Book Suggestions for Kids Who Are New to School
When I was a middle school teacher, and now in most workshops that I lead, my favorite first read aloud is Hooray for Diffendoofer Day by Dr. Seuss (with some … Continue Reading What book will you read aloud on the first day of school?
Each week I receive, The Big Fresh, an e-newsletter from Choice Literacy. This week’s feature is entitled “There’s Room for Me Here.” As I began reading through the article, it … Continue Reading Professional Talk: The Walls of Your Classroom
Ruth, and many other TWT Readers, have been back-to-school with the kids for weeks. My students, on the other hand, start classes this Tuesday. I was cleaning out my closet … Continue Reading Routines I Teach So Things Run Smoothly
Postcards to Help with the Eradication of First Day of School Jitters Originally uploaded by teachergal I created some postcards to send to my students later today. I’m sending them … Continue Reading Trying to Banish the Back-to-School Jitters
The first day of school is tomorrow and I can hardly wait. Bags are loaded, clothes are pressed, lunch is packed and since this is my 9th first day of … Continue Reading the big picture.