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.
In Thanks: Books That Built a Writing Teacher
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.
Reflecting: What kind of writer am I?
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?"
The Antidote to December Stress: Teach Students to Write about Gratitude
This time of year can be overwhelming, for teachers and students alike. Writing about gratitude is one way to stay present and positive.
Beginning a Year of Teaching Writing with Reflection
What goals will you set for your practice this year? Here are a few suggestions.
Ending a Year of Teaching Writing with a Group Reflection
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 mania. The middle of the year brings familiarity, routine, and structure. The end of the year brings a slower pace, stepping back, reflection. There is… Continue reading Ending a Year of Teaching Writing with a Group Reflection
Reflection and Growth: Writing in Preschool
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!
IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR: PUBLISHING PARTIES
Beth Moore offers a collection of ten publishing party ideas you can use to celebrate your students' writing.
Teaching Reflective Writers
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 the impact of adult writing time. In each session, we gave time to write. If we want to learn how to teach writers, it's not… Continue reading Writing Matters
Throwback Thursday: Reflections & Self-Assessments
Peruse our past posts about reflective practice and self-assessments students can use at the end of the school year.
Big Realization from a Tiny Mouse
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 keep our home, which is surrounded by fields, mouse free. He tries to tell me almost everyone has to deal with mice. He says it… Continue reading Big Realization from a Tiny Mouse