I’ve been percolating some ideas for the Celebrating Writers book Christi Overman and I are working on and expect to have out later this year with Stenhouse. We pretty much … Continue Reading Celebrating Versus Publishing
Annie Campbell, some of whom you know from the “Write Now In Room 204” Blog is a master third grade teacher. I met Annie at the TCRWP Summer Writing Institute … Continue Reading Write –> Publish –> Touch Other People’s Lives
I have been in a lot of different writing workshops lately. Just this week I’ve been in 13 writing workshops and have met with 13 different teachers in either reflective … Continue Reading Highlights from the Week
How are you planning to celebrate the authors in your classroom? The longer I’m a part of writing workshops, not to mention the more I write, the more I believe … Continue Reading Let’s Celebrate!
A few people have left us comments asking about the writing process for our forthcoming book, Day By Day: Refining Writing Workshop Through 180 Days of Reflective Practice, since we … Continue Reading Book in Progress
Today I attended a second grade Popcorn Poetry Party. All the second graders gathered in the shade outside with parents and fans (i.e., teachers) surrounding them. They took turns “popping … Continue Reading Celebrate!
Most young writers long for an audience who will read and respond to their writing in a thoughtful way. One of the most important gifts you can give your students … Continue Reading Going Public with Student Writing
I submitted the essay I wrote , alongside my fourth graders who were writing research-based, “This I Believe” Essays, to ThisIBelieve.org almost six months ago. About three months after it … Continue Reading It’s Finally Published!
This past Monday I heard Kwame Alexander, who is a poet (He trained with Nikki Giovanni at Virgina Tech!), author, and founder of Book-in-a-Day, speak at the KSRA Conference in … Continue Reading Publishing Books with Students
Katherine Bomer once said, “Writing celebration is the most important part of the writing process.” With that being said, there should be ample time set aside to celebrate the hard … Continue Reading Many Options for Celebrating Student Work
I’ve been going back-and-forth over e-mail with one of my former fourth graders for the past week. She started sixth grade last week — middle school. I can hardly believe … Continue Reading Believing In Them…
Last week Literacy Spark posed this question: I’m always interested in how I can reach the kids at the two ends of the writing spectrum. i.e. addressing kids who struggle … Continue Reading Back to School Week: Bursting With Excitement About Writing
Link your Slice of Life Story to the comments section of this post. Happy Writing! Last night, when Ruth and I were on the telephone, I informed her about an … Continue Reading Another Tuesday. Another Call for Slice of Life Stories.
“How you climb up the mountain is just as important as how… More you get down the mountain. And so it is with life, which for many of us becomes … Continue Reading Grace
My students published their research-based essays on the Holocaust this morning, which was not a small feat! I was so incredibly proud of their diligence and desire to produce a … Continue Reading The Truth Matters!
Cookies? Check! Chips? Check! Juice Boxes Check! Comment Sheet! Check! I’ve often been asked “What do the other students and guests do at your celebrations?” Well, I hold them accountable … Continue Reading The Final Publishing Celebration of the School Year
I created a checklist for my students to use before they publish their memoir. It reflects the Qualities of Good Writing I blogged about recently.
Dropping a Stamped Persuasive Letter Into the Outgoing Mail Basket IS a Form of Publishing! Originally uploaded by teachergal Eleven of my kids showed up to school on this very … Continue Reading Some Executives Have Some Mail Coming to Their Offices Now!
I couldn’t locate the dark lines my students used to use underneath white paper when they started publishing their persuasive letters today. Therefore, I did a Google Search to find … Continue Reading Paper: A Resource
Need a basic comment sheet for your students’ next Publishing Celebration? Just make a three-column table in Word like this: