Have you ever visited a colleague’s classroom or watched a video of a lesson and wondered, “How are those kids so perfect? How do they seem to know exactly what to do, the… Continue reading
Are you feeling inundated with paper in your writing workshop? Here are some quick tips to help you help your students organize their writing so that their desks and writing folders are less cluttered.
Learn some tricks for reading the Units of Study, whether you’re new to the units or have been using them for many years.
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
Are you looking to make the most out of your classroom’s meeting area? Find out how to create and maintain a meeting area that will function as the focal point of your writing workshop.
As the school year comes to a close, many of the schools I work with are launching into a week or so of in-service, summer institutes, and other professional development. It’s “curriculum season”… Continue reading
Lucy Calkins, author of many books on teaching writing, often says that conferring is the heart of writing workshop. I once heard her say to a group of graduate students that she wished… Continue reading
I miss having a classroom of my own at this time of the year. There’s something about putting up fadeless paper and borders, getting supplies ready, preparing the meeting area, and labeling books… Continue reading
Of all the things I’ve done to become a more proficient teacher of writing, the act of putting words on a page has had the biggest influence on my practice. As I’ve engaged in being… Continue reading
Welcome to my office. 🙂 I’ll share some images and a little candid commentary. At the end I reveal my dark secret about organization. Computer Area I’ve used this so much the letters are worn off… Continue reading
I recently received an e-mail asking me: How do you organize your material (mentor texts, charts, minilessons, etc.) for Writing Workshop? I have just collected so much stuff this past year to do… Continue reading
Several years ago I took a class focused on organizing memories. The basic mantra of the class was this: You can only scrapbook as well as you are organized. During the six month… Continue reading
Spaces & Places: Designing Classrooms for Literacy Written by Debbie Diller Published by Stenhouse Publishers in 2008 Review copy provided by the publisher It’s a new year, not a new school year… so… Continue reading
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New Sign by the Door Originally uploaded by teachergal I was on Etsy about two weeks ago and came across a customizable sign from K is for Calligraphy that would prevent me from… Continue reading
Yesterday, Tonya Haywood (a kindergarten teacher who really needs to keep a blog — wink wink), used Eric Carle’s book, A House for Hermit Crab, to talk with her novice writers about keeping… Continue reading
I’m in the midst of creating writing partnerships for my students based off of a questionnaire I gave them today. It is HARD WORK trying to match kids up with partners that will… Continue reading