When I first began teaching, Nancie Atwell’s In The Middle was my go to PD book for all things to do with reading and writing workshop. I modeled so many … Continue Reading Writing about reading: offering students choice in reading responses
I’ve noticed many of my conferences this week have centered around purpose. I’ve found myself asking again and again and agian, “So why are you writing this? Why is it … Continue Reading So What?!?
I’ve been thinking about Nancie Atwell’s book, The Reading Zone, lately. Last week I gave a lesson about this idea in a ninth grade class. This weekend I’ve realized how this … Continue Reading The Zone
This week my students are reflecting on the drafting process (of their memoirs) more than they’re sharing at the end of Workshop time. I wanted to have-a-go with them reflecting, … Continue Reading Reflections
Last weekend I was compelled to return to Nancie Atwell’s book, The Reading Zone, in order to be inspired for this week’s focus lessons. As I was reviewing it, I … Continue Reading The Reading Zone.
I don’t recall whose workshop I heard it in, but someone mentioned the idea of maintaining a “status of the class” chart so that you always are aware of where … Continue Reading Status of the Class
I decided it was time for me to start doing the work I’m going to ask my students to do this fall with regard to mapping their writing territories. The … Continue Reading Getting Started with My Territories
I’ve been having my students map their hearts, to help them generate ideas for writing, when they’re stuck, for as long as I’ve been teaching. However, last week when I … Continue Reading Heart Mapping & Writing Territories