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…
I began my career as a seventh grade language arts teacher at Wawasee Middle School. Thirteen years later, I remain in the same district, but in a different position. My … Continue Reading Because of WMS…
Rest. Why does this seem like a dirty four letter word? I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about rest. We were on fall break last week. You might think … Continue Reading Rest.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the things I know because I write. I’ve been keeping a little list of these ideas as a crude plan for an article … Continue Reading Nudging Joy: A Student Group
Here’s the thing: I’m not really the kind of person who follows authors around and gets their signatures and takes photos with them. In fact, I’m rather shy when it … Continue Reading Reflections from Listening to M. Stiefvater
I hesitate to write this blog post. Yet it needs written. Maybe for you or for the teacher next door. Definitely for me. This week I’ve had too many conversations … Continue Reading Facing Discouragement
Here’s a little list that is swirling in my mind… If I didn’t write myself I wouldn’t know how critical positive feedback is to the life of a writer. This … Continue Reading If I Didn’t Write Myself I Wouldn’t Know…