Category Archive: motivation

Writing Celebrations…But Why?

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With all the pressures imposed by a segmented, unforgiving middle school schedule, why make time for writing celebrations? Are they really that important? Yes!

Connecting Through Story

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“Story is the basic unit of human understanding.” – Drew Dudley, Day One Leadership. We have been learning through story for thousands of years.  Our innate fascination for wanting to know what happens… Continue reading

A Learner-Driven Classroom & Writing Workshop

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Moving to a learner-driven classroom has changed my role in the classroom and writing workshop. As a teacher in a learner-driven classroom, I have stepped back to observe the learner.

Shaking Up Personal Narrative

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Ever since I read this post by Katie Kraushaar, I’ve been thinking about personal narrative and wondering why it is that students, particularly in middle elementary grades and beyond, are sometimes less than enthusiastic about… Continue reading

On the Pitfalls of Hiding Out

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Sometimes in a busy and chaotic schedule, we inadvertently miss attending to some of our students who like to “fly under the radar.” Being systematic and intentionally positive can make a big difference for some of our writers.

Writing Mantras for the New School Year: Part of #TWTBlog’s Throwback Week

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Did you know that talking to yourself can be really helpful? It’s true! Researchers have long known that positive self-talk can be an incredibly helpful tool. The power of positive self-talk is something that… Continue reading

Make Your Mark by Blogging!

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I have plans, big plans, for my third grader writers this year. Topping the list is helping them to become bloggers.

Tapping Into Motivation

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How do you motivate students and tap into their interests? What are you doing to create an environment that allows students to take a risk?

Start Thinking About the Classroom SOLSC: Classroom Prizes

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Everyone wants students to be be intrinsically motivated to write daily. While we can hope our enthusiasm is contagious, sometimes it’s not enough for reluctant writers.  Working with reluctant writers means providing the… Continue reading

GEARING UP FOR THE SOLSC: Classroom Prizes

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I wanted my students to be intrinsically motivated to write daily when I was a classroom teacher.  When I began  teaching I naively thought my enthusiasm for writing would be contagious.  While my… Continue reading

Excitement is Contagious

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Last week I overheard several conversations about exercise. It wasn’t the typical kind of “new year exercise” conversation either, they weren’t lamenting about having to do it, nor how sore they are now… Continue reading

Boy Writers: A Guest Blog Post by Caroline Gonzalez

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Caroline Gonzalez began her teaching career in New York City.  During her 15 years in New York, she taught K, 1, 2, Transitional Bilingual, and Reading Recovery.  She has completed her fifth year… Continue reading