Three important reflections inspired by teaching poetry to fifth-grade writers
As the end of this particular school year draws near, you might think about the qualities of your favorite stories to help you plan an ending that is meaningful for your students.
Kids learn more when they are given time to reflect on their learning, self-assess, and check in on goals they are working toward. That’s what the end of workshop share and reflection time is for, and too often it gets cut short, or left out completely.
What are the books that have shaped you as a teacher of writing? Reflecting today, in thanks, for the authors and books that have influenced my life as a teacher.
Before you plan to ask your students to reflect on the kinds of writers they are (for their end-of-year self-assessments), be sure you ask yourself “What kind of writer am I?”
This time of year can be overwhelming, for teachers and students alike. Writing about gratitude is one way to stay present and positive.
What goals will you set for your practice this year? Here are a few suggestions.
One thing I love so much about being an educator is the cyclical nature of the school year. The beginning of the year brings promise, renewed energy, and a certain … Continue Reading Ending a Year of Teaching Writing with a Group Reflection
Have you ever found yourself in this place? A place where you begin to see something missing and immediately want to change? Be better? I hope so!
Beth Moore offers a collection of ten publishing party ideas you can use to celebrate your students’ writing.
Dana Murphy shares some thoughts about the expectations we place on students when we ask them to reflect on their writing.
Today Deb Gaby and I finished leading the third day of a three-day Foundations of Writing Workshop training. At the end, we asked for reflections. Teacher after teacher commented on … Continue Reading Writing Matters
Peruse our past posts about reflective practice and self-assessments students can use at the end of the school year.
I have an irrational fear of mice. It is bad news. My husband has established a preemptive strike in our basement and garage. He engages in an impossible battle to … Continue Reading Big Realization from a Tiny Mouse
One of the lines from the Voices Strong class mantra, taught by Christy Rush-Levine is Write Unapologetically. I love these two words side-by-side standing for genuine marks on the page. … Continue Reading Writing Unapologetically
It’s one of those days. You know, where you wonder if you really want to keep doing this? It’s one of those days. You know, where you are positive you … Continue Reading On my mind…