Category Archive: purpose

The Importance of Starting Practice with WHY: Nurturing Independence from the Start

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How often do we ask ourselves about what leads our thinking on the teaching of writing? Is our purpose curriculum, or something much more significant? Why do we teach the way we do? And… How do we articulate why this, not that?

Six REAL Purposes For Kids to Write This Summer and Beyond

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We do all we can to keep kids writing over summer. But are we assigning tasks and busywork, or actually enriching their writerly lives?

I’ve created a tool to share with families and students of all ages to inspire writing for REAL purposes this summer and beyond.

Narrative Writing Makes a Beautiful Gift

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 The students wrapped their writing in an array of wrapping paper, and they left my classroom eager to share their gifts – the gift of words.

Watch. Look. Listen: AUTHENTIC PURPOSES FOR WRITING

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Writing is a stalwart act. Through writing, we express ourselves, uncover feelings, tell our stories, organize our schedules, share our beliefs, and change our world. To some students (and even adults) writing can seem like a monumental task and writing may feel cumbersome. But when you think of the necessity of writing in our lives, writing is unavoidable.

What is Your Mantra?

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Do you have a mantra?

So What?!?

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I’ve noticed many of my conferences this week have centered around purpose. I’ve found myself asking again and again and agian, “So why are you writing this? Why is it important?” Nancie Atwell… Continue reading

Minilesson Part II

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The other day I posted about minilessons being one way to plant a seed of learning. I firmly believe this is a purpose of a minilesson and then through independent practice, conferring, and… Continue reading

Purpose, Process, & Craft with Carl Anderson

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Carl Anderson (aka: The Conferring Guy) has not only listened to the Beatles’ music; he has studied it.  He has determined by the Beatles wrote particular songs, how they wrote them, and what… Continue reading