Category Archive: management

Fitting It All In: Solving Predictable Problems

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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?

Changing Tack: Learning from a Writing Conference

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It’s great to be prepared when we are conferring with our writers. However, being ‘prepared’ and being ‘present’ are not the same thing…

The Schedule: How Do You Fit It All In?

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In this post, I share several examples of daily schedules, along with links to other resources.

THROWBACK WEEK: Pens Versus Pencils

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What do you think is better for kids to use in writing workshop: pens or pencils?

Work Smarter: How To Wrap Up A Unit of Study

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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.

Okay, But What Would You Do?

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This week has been full of writing workshop conundrums and dilemmas!

Sharpen Your Workshop Routines: Writing Centers to Organize All Your Materials

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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 rug for the… Continue reading

How Are You Going to Read All That?

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It’s almost summer! Time for sunshine, flip-flops, barbecue grills, and reading student writing.

Top Ten Ways to Keep Minilessons from Turning into Maxilessons

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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 about writing and… Continue reading

Pens Versus Pencils: Which One is Better for Writing Workshop?

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In my line of work as a staff developer, I often get the question, “Which do you think is better? Pens or pencils?” I have to start by saying that I don’t think… Continue reading

What fuels writing workshop?

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Around my school, we have three more Mondays of school left in 2011. That’s not much, and yet, during this season of grey days, holiday excitement, and indoor recess, it can seem so… Continue reading

troubleshooting.

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On Monday I worked in a first grade classroom and the teacher commented, I feel like when you come all you do is troubleshoot.  I’ve been thinking about her comment because really her… Continue reading

lingering in drafts.

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In our hurry-up-and-get-it-done-society, sometimes it’s tough to get our students to slow down and realize their unique writing processes.  Sometimes it’s tough for us, as their teachers, to slow things down and give… Continue reading