Although this time of year predictably proves to be extremely busy, creatively scheduling a little bit of time to visit at least some of your next-year’s writers can pay valuable dividends.
Whether or not you have started school already or you are taking those final deep breaths before your first day, let us remember one thing that sets us writing workshop teachers apart from other methodologies, curricula, programs, and/or approaches to teaching writing: we NOTICE.
I’ll be honest. I actually love on-demand writing assessments.
We spend a week or so sharing stories, and building excitement for writing stories. We hand out notebooks with fanfare, and writers happily personalize them. They brainstorm ideas for stories … Continue Reading Making the Most of Pre-Assessments
Last week I had the privileged of observing Christy Rush-Levine with her eighth grade language arts classes. Deb Gaby, the reading coach in my district, along with two middle school teachers went … Continue Reading Christy Is…
Yesterday Lori Hickman and I launched a poetry unit of study in her kindergarten classroom. Since we wanted to see what they already knew about writing poetry, we decided to … Continue Reading First Attempt at Poetry
From We had way too much fun today!!! We’ve all had those “best teaching days.” You know, the ones where the children are completely engaged in learning. The ones that … Continue Reading Neighborhood Walk
Don Graves said, “If you want to understand how children write, then observe them closely. Write down everything they do and say. Then make a copy of their writing.” This … Continue Reading A Close Observation
My husband and I spent last week visiting our families in the NY Metropolitan Area. When we returned to our home in Central Pennsylvania, we were greeted by bursts of … Continue Reading You Be the Poet!
Schools from Indiana to Pennsylvania (and beyond) are closed today. While I’m spending time working on the book we’re writing, I’ve also spent close to a half hour on Facebook. … Continue Reading Snow Day Poetry Activity
My student teacher starts with my class tomorrow. Therefore, in order to facilitate a smooth transition (and the earliest possible start-date for her to begin teaching lots of lessons) with … Continue Reading Getting Ready for My Student Teacher’s First Day
Today’s lesson is one of my favorites of the school year. It’s the day when the kids really start to notice the world around them with a heightened sense of … Continue Reading Collecting Ideas As An Essayist
The Climbing Tree Branches sturdy old A deep hole for your foot As you hoist yourself upwards you can see all the buds blossoming –Stacey, May 2008 This week Poetry … Continue Reading Poetry Friday: An Original
I had an interesting phone call yesterday afternoon. Upon answering the phone, the voice on the other end identified herself and went on to tell me, “I’m not sure why … Continue Reading confidence.
In a recent email, I explained to Stacey that life has just consumed me recently and the blogging end of it has taken the hit. The past few weeks have been … Continue Reading I’m Back.
When I taught in NYC, I was fortunate enough to work one block away from Central Park. Therefore, when the urge struck me, I’d take my students out to Central … Continue Reading Take a look around you
I stepped out of the car in New Jersey last night. Home sweet home, I thought. I was coming home to my parents’ house for two nights. I slammed the … Continue Reading WN Entry: Fireflies
So far this morning I’ve noticed: My son is becoming a little boy. He smiles for the camera now. He sits on a stool up at the counter alone now. … Continue Reading ruth’s wn entry: noticings
Ralph Fletcher gives young writers 11 tips for things to collect in their writer’s notebooks. Fletcher encourages writers to notice the world around them and write about it. Here’s what … Continue Reading WN ENTRY: Kids on Leashes