The creative lives we maintain outside of writing fill us up as humans with stories to tell. When we bring this life into the writing workshop, it builds community, and it lays the foundation for lifelong writers who have strategies for sustaining their own writing lives.
In what ways have you pushed yourself to try a new type of writing or to share your ideas in a public way? In July, I pushed myself to write a keynote speech and learned lessons along the way.
Writing is joyful this year.
Four ways to encourage students to write after the school day is finished WITHOUT assigning writing as homework.
Nervously lowering myself into a chair, I scooted myself closer to the table. Around me sat three new colleagues. My new 7th grade teaching team. Having moved from my familiar home in small-town… Continue reading
Summer is the opportunity to sit back, hit reset and plan how I will improve for next year. I like to use my extra hours of summer considering my past teaching practices and think about what worked and what I wish had gone differently.
I’ve known Joy Write, Ralph Fletcher’s latest book that debuts today, was coming for awhile since he interviewed me about the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge, which he writes about in one of the book’s chapters. But when I had the opportunity to read his new book in its entirety, I was amazed by the possibilities I saw Ralph present to transform young writers’ attitudes towards writing through low-stakes writing.
More and more, I’ve been recognizing the need to give students some freedom in their writing lives. Can independent writing time be the answer?
Beginning to think about Exploratory Notebooks and easing into a research writing unit.
Putting the Exploratory Notebook into practice…
We can teach students about improving their writing process and to write with detail and voice by watching Guy Fieri on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”
Two weekends ago, thanks to Bonnie Kaplan and the Hudson Valley Writing Project, I had the great pleasure of attending Ralph Fletcher’s presentation: “Making Nonfiction from Scratch: How Can We Give Students the Time, the Tools, and the Vision They Need in Order to Create Authentic Information Writing?” I knew it would be a great morning of learning …
Have you ever banned a topic from your writing workshop? If you have, you’re not alone…but you may want to think twice about that policy.
In addition to the link you leave to your slice today, would you mind sharing how teaching writing workshop is better when you’re a teacher who is also a Writer?
If you start the adult challenge no later than Monday, March 4th and properly link your slice of life stories to the daily call for slice of life stories through March 31st, then you will be eligible to win a copy of What a Writer Needs, Second Edition.
Anyone who has ever read Ralph Fletcher’s books for young writers (e.g., A Writer’s Notebook, How Writers Work, Live Writing), will find his newest book, Guy-Write: What Every Gut Writer Needs to Know… Continue reading
A record number of people left comments about Ralph Fletcher and his new book Mentor Author, Mentor Texts: Short Texts, Craft Notes, and Practical Classroom Uses (Heinemann, 2011). A special thank you to… Continue reading
This week’s guest blog post is written by Lynnelle Snowbarger who is in her tenth year of teaching fifth grade in the Jenks Public Schools. A frequent participant in the Slice of Life… Continue reading
Caroline Gonzalez began her teaching career in New York City. During her 15 years in New York, she taught K, 1, 2, Transitional Bilingual, and Reading Recovery. She has completed her fifth year… Continue reading