All writers seek feedback. All writers write for an audience. All writers question themselves. And for these reasons, writers long to bring their work to another person– another set of eyes, another pair of ears. Hence, the writing partner in writing workshop. When working well, partnerships can help grow the confidence of each writer in our classes by providing support, authentic peer feedback, and a sounding board for ideas. Here are a few ingredients to consider when creating a community of writers…
Clear, specific feedback helps children view themselves in a positive light in the learning environment and in life.
Many thanks to Stenhouse Publishers for donating a copy of Choice Words to one of the people who read and commented on the post that included an interview with Peter … Continue Reading Choice Words Giveaway Recipient
I’ve learned the importance of communicating clearly with students through the Responsive Classroom training I’ve had and books I’ve read about teacher-talk. One book that resonated with me several years … Continue Reading A Few Questions for Peter H. Johnston + a Book Giveaway
I’ve been doing Pilates since August 2008. I started it in order to get stronger after some surgery I had in 2007. I’ve been doing it three times a week … Continue Reading Praising Kids. Talking to Kids. Questioning Kids.
These words of Peter Johnston’s from his book Choice Words (2004) have been tumbling around in my mind this weekend. I plan to keep them close as I go about my … Continue Reading Peter Johnston + Agency
I attended a workshop with Peter H. Johnston, Author of Choice Words, over two years ago. He spoke a lot about the language we use when we teach. A lot … Continue Reading The Language We Use When We Teach
I had the pleasure of hearing Linda Christensen deliver the keynote address at today’s RIWP Spring 2008 Conference. Linda wrote a book entitled Reading, Writing, and Rising Up: Teaching About … Continue Reading MAKING KIDS FEEL BIG, NOT small.
Just like Peter H. Johnston says, "You should be proud of yourself." Today I Am! Originally uploaded by teachergal
This week I have been working with some stellar teachers. My role in their rooms has been that of a team teacher and so it’s been easy for me to … Continue Reading our talk.
After meeting Andi, Angela, Beth, and Molly at the WLU Conference in Louisville last month, I decided to attend the 2007 NCTE Convention in New York City. (Those four ladies … Continue Reading NCTE National Convention