Category Archive: goals

A Few Ways to Empower Writers Using Mentor Texts

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It could be said that what sets a writing workshop apart from other approaches to teaching writing is a focus on empowerment. Here are a few ways to empower writers when it comes to mentor texts…

A few ideas for conferring

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Potentially, one of the most impactful opportunities we have for making a lasting difference on our students as writers is when we pull up next to them and confer with them. It’s SO worth spending some time reflecting, setting goals, and developing tools and strategies for the conferring work we do as teachers. 

How Many Stars? Tools for self-assessment and goal-setting

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The more we show learners what the work looks like at different levels and the reasons for that level, the better they are able to self-assess, set goals, and improve.

Writing Checklists: Tools for Independence and Goal-Setting

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I am a list person. I have lists by my computer, by my bed, in the kitchen, in my car console– And I love crossing things off my lists. One of the reasons… Continue reading

Not All Writers Are the Same! Ideas for Differentiating in the Writing Workshop (Part 2)

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The fact is, just like athletes that show up to the first day of practice, writers bring different skill sets.  Some arrive to middle school not knowing where to put a period, while others already know how paint vivid pictures with words that knock our socks off.  How do we plan for such a wide variety of writers?

Not All Writers Are the Same! Ideas for Differentiating in the Writing Workshop (Part 1)

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Celebrating differences among our writers can sometimes be difficult for teachers of writing. But by expecting and planning for differences, we can set our students on trajectories more matched to who they are as writers. Here are a few ideas…

Setting Goals With Students

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Once we teach students about goals and the importance of them in our lives, we can use the accompanying language in all aspects of their, and our own, learning.

Students and Goal Setting: My Choice, My Growth, My Responsibility

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Asking my students to set their own goals creates one more opportunity for each of them to be in charge of their learning and reflect on their growth as a writer.

SUMMER LEARNING PLANS

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As I looked ahead and began to attempt to set goals for the upcoming school year I realized I needed a plan. What is your summer learning plan?

Sustaining a Writing Habit

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Do you need help sustaining a writing habit? Take a lesson from Jerry Seinfeld & “don’t break the chain.”

Aim Higher: Conferring and Student Goals

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So, you’ve studied your students’ writing, analyzing their work for strengths and next steps. Maybe you took home a giant stack of writers notebooks, or a huge pile of on-demand writing assessments, or maybe you’ve just finished reading their published pieces. Now what?

Aim Higher: Know Students as Writers

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Four ways to help you discover what makes your students tick as writers.

Aim Higher: Setting Goals for Editing

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See how my students set personal editing goals.

Preview: Aim Higher Blog Series

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A preview of our new blog series

Getting Unstuck

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“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” -Jack London

Get Out Your Calendars! It’s June Planning Time!

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If we do nothing else, we do this one thing…Read this post to find out what it is!

Writing in Preschool: Scope and Sequence

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Writing is a big animal. A subjective animal as well when it comes to teaching our youngest writers.

Ruth’s OLW: Reflection 2011 + Word 2012.

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First a little reflection on OLW ’11… I chose this word because I felt like it encompassed everything in my life. The list of words in the tape along the bottom of the… Continue reading

Intentions.

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Many years ago I began making a list of intentions instead of resolutions for the new year. It is just a slight word change and yet it makes a difference in my mind.… Continue reading

Living Like a Writer: Goals for the Upcoming School Year

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Raise your hand if your administration makes you do goal setting at the beginning of the school year? Okay. Now raise your hand if your administration collects the goal setting you do as… Continue reading