Every year brings with it new surprises. I was delightfully surprised by just ten minutes this year. Ten minutes made a big difference.
How can we let writing be part of a "soft start" for students instead of making them complete joyless worksheets? How do your students start the day or class period? Please join the conversation!
As an instructional technology coach, I have the privilege of working alongside teachers as they bring their students into the world of blogging. Many of the teachers I work with are new to blogging. They rely on me to steer them into an experience that will engage the student, lift student writing, and fit within the already packed school day. I guide these teachers to create branded blogs.
Writing is joyful this year.
Four ways to encourage students to write after the school day is finished WITHOUT assigning writing as homework.
I've known Joy Write, Ralph Fletcher's latest book that debuts today, was coming for awhile since he interviewed me about the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge, which he writes about in one of the book's chapters. But when I had the opportunity to read his new book in its entirety, I was amazed by the possibilities I saw Ralph present to transform young writers' attitudes towards writing through low-stakes writing.