Category Archive: independence

Entry Points to Build Independence: Reaching Your Writers

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Where are the places your writers find themselves stuck? Identifying our writers’ sticky spots can help us determine entry points for writers to pull themselves out of being stuck and instead strive!

“Just-Keep-Swimming” Spelling Strategies

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Just like Dory, in the movie Finding Nemo, young writers can easily lose their way and forget where they were headed, especially if they stop for too long and lose their momentum.

A Writer’s Mindset: Nurturing Independence from the Start

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Does the mindset of our student writers impact their independence? How does OUR mindset impact their independence as writers?
After a lot of researching, reading, writing, and reflecting I’m sharing some insights and steps toward building a growth mindset in our classroom communities of writers. Join in the conversation!

Approximation vs. Mastery: Nurturing Independence from the Start

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As our students write this year, it will be important for us to remember that they are still learners, and as such, they will be approximating. It will be unlikely they will reach mastery. Understanding this can actually improve our teaching…

Nurturing Independence From the Start

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This week, the authors at Two Writing Teachers share ideas for building independence in your writing workshops. Here’s a preview of what our series includes.

Ten Possible Minutes: Sacred Writing

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Every year brings with it new surprises. I was delightfully surprised by just ten minutes this year. Ten minutes made a big difference.

Rethinking Learning Targets

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We all want to support and nurture inspired writers who work independently. So how might we carefully avoid creating uninspiring, teacher-dependent environments for learning? I present a few ideas here…

Never Write About the Same Topic as Your Students–Except Sometimes

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The cornerstone of writing workshop is that students get to choose their own topics rather than be assigned a topic by the teacher.

From Dependent to Independent: Four Ways To Begin Tomorrow

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We’re not just teaching writers to be independent, we’re teaching them how to be independent.

Here are four ways to nurture independence during today’s writing workshop!

Personalizing charts to foster intention and independence

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More and more, another way we’ve been making sure that charts become part of our writers’ toolbelts is to create individual ones that are either the same as the ones on the wall or close enough that they don’t require instruction for students to access.

How to Reinvigorate Writing Workshop With Joy Through Independent Writing Projects

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Don’t let kids (or teachers) lose momentum for writing as summer approaches! There is no better time than now to implement independent writing projects, as we help kids prepare to lead writerly lives long after the school year ends.

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