month-long planning · plan · process · process log · writing process · writing workshop

Personal Writing Calendars for Each Student

With a personal writing calendar, each kid can see what is going to happen in the unit of study, and has the power to adjust it.

Expand the Possibilities of Genres You Teach · personalization · process log · writer identity · writing process · writing workshop

The Writer’s Process: Expand the Possibilities of the Genres You Teach

What do you find most challenging when it comes to the writing process? Have you considered a writer's process as personal and unique or a step-by-step path rarely disrupted?

katie wood ray · process log · writing workshop

Curriculum of Time

I just finished reading the January 2009 Issue of School Talk, which is focused on nurturing young writers. Katie Wood Ray's Article "Understanding the Curriculum of Time in the Teaching of Writing" may have focused on early elementary school classrooms, but it certainly resonated with me as an upper elementary school teacher. These are the… Continue reading Curriculum of Time

lucy calkins · personal narrative · process log

Demonstration in Minilessons: my personal narrative

When I attended T.C., I took "The Teaching of Writing" with Lucy Calkins, who truly taught me how to write better (not to mention how to be a better teacher of writing!). We wrote personal narratives for her class in which we went through many drafts and had to keep a log of our process.… Continue reading Demonstration in Minilessons: my personal narrative