What areas of independence do you wish writers took on more freely in your workshop?
Are there other, more authentic ways we could scaffold our writers?
“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” -Jack London
We will be starting a unit on informational writing to wrap up the school year. I wanted to demonstrate a different way of finding a topic, a narrow topic. I … Continue Reading How Do First Graders Choose Narrow Topics?
Five things I’m reading, enjoying, and thinking about this Friday.
On pages 62 – 63 of Day by Day, I talked about the role of Pilates and its connection to writing workshop in a detailed discussion called “Concrete Images for … Continue Reading Concrete Tools – Pilates & Writing Series: Part 3 of 5
I’m super fortunate to be working with a couple of third grade teachers (Hi Sandy & Dan!) who are interested in helping their writers to naturally develop more sophisticated writing … Continue Reading Planning Idea
Someone once told me that an experienced teacher asks, “How are the kids doing?” rather than asking “How am I doing?” I’ve found that to be more and more true … Continue Reading Reflections: Growth
Kate mentioned that some of our students might need assistance with developing their thesis statements. Therefore, I created a graphic organizer for students to use to help them develop a … Continue Reading Thesis Statement Creation
I filled in the last three boxes of my story mountain during today’s W.W. I just added my character’s feelings/thinking in blue to the mountain when I got home. Then … Continue Reading Messy Mountain
I started a story mountain for my W.W. minilesson demo today. I started with the climax of the story: Then, I started working my way backwards: I’m hoping this will … Continue Reading Working My Way Backwards