Donald Murray, author of the seminal text A Writer Teaches Writing (Houghton Mifflin, 1985), teaches us that one of the most important things to a writer is time, time to write. But with the many time constraints faced by teachers, how can we be thinking about time in ways that make a difference for our students?
Have you always dreamed of eradicating homework for your students? This post will help you get started on making that dream a reality with three steps you can take this weekend.
It can feel scary and uncertain to step away from a traditional practice like assigning homework. Following your teacher heart (and your gut) and reading what other professionals and researchers have shared can make you feel more confident in taking a risk and trying a new policy. Read on to see how one teacher (me) changed how and why homework is assigned.
Last week, we hosted a mini-series on homework and the role it plays in elementary and middle school writing workshops.
I don’t remember sharing writing experiences at home when my daughters were in elementary school.
I wish we had.
Four ways to encourage students to write after the school day is finished WITHOUT assigning writing as homework.
Pushing the dance studio door open, I watched my two daughters and their two best friends bound playfully out to the parking lot. Walking next to me was Jamie, their mother. “Sorry,” she… Continue reading
My son, a kindergartener, is reluctant to write at homework time. But is he a reluctant writer?
After your students decorate their writer’s notebooks and you review your expectations, the notebooks go home. This is exciting! Who doesn’t love writing in a new notebook?!!? I’ll tell ya, there are plenty of… Continue reading
I did the strong emotions lesson (using Skittles) on Friday. My demonstration was way longer than it was supposed to be (on paper), but I felt that I needed to be exceedingly explicit… Continue reading