When you have a chance, take a walk through the hallways of your own school. Try to see with fresh eyes. Pretend you are a visitor. Ask yourself: What kind … Continue Reading Take a Tour of Your Own School with an Eye Toward Writing Workshop
Research on effective sports coaching suggests adults would do well by kids to cut down on criticism and focus more on the joy simply playing.
Time is precious, and your mental energy even more so. Why waste either when others before you have learned through trial and error? Avoid common missteps by reading these simple tips.
Reinvigorate Your Classroom by Putting Kids First: An Interview with Christine Hertz and Kristi Mraz
Learn how Hertz and Mraz’s newest book, Kids 1st from Day 1, can impact your writing workshop.
Crushed It (defined): To feel positive, get more done, or in general be a better person. How are you crushing it in the classroom?
There are a hundred ways precious minutes can be wasted during those pesky transitions, and a hundred ways a rough transition can make for an uphill battle for the rest of writing workshop. Here are three tricks that you might try.
Do you struggle with students working — rather than socializing — during independent writing time? If so, here’s a solution to keep your kids engaged as writers so you can maximize the number of students you meet with during independent writing time.
For many of us, especially in middle school, trying to fit all the pieces of writing workshop into, say, a 41-minute schedule, can feel daunting. How can we teach a minilesson, get our kids working, confer with individuals and small groups, provide a mid-workshop interruption, and facilitate a teaching share…all in that tight time frame?
It’s great to be prepared when we are conferring with our writers. However, being ‘prepared’ and being ‘present’ are not the same thing…
In this post, I share several examples of daily schedules, along with links to other resources.
What do you think is better for kids to use in writing workshop: pens or pencils?
This week my colleagues and I are writing posts that we hope will make your life a little easier. We’re sharing some ways to work smarter, not harder.
This week has been full of writing workshop conundrums and dilemmas!
Every year, around this time, I start having dreams about setting up my classroom. In the classroom of my dreams, I’m moving around small circular tables, unfurling a brand new … Continue Reading Sharpen Your Workshop Routines: Writing Centers to Organize All Your Materials
It’s almost summer! Time for sunshine, flip-flops, barbecue grills, and reading student writing.
We’ve all been there. You’ve gathered your students into the classroom meeting area, nice and cozy, with the intention of doing just a quick l’il minilesson. Just a quick tip … Continue Reading Top Ten Ways to Keep Minilessons from Turning into Maxilessons