Traditionally we think about writing workshop procedures at the beginning of the school year. We set the routines, organize the procedures, and launch writing workshop. I’m thinking, though, around this … Continue Reading Procedures
On Friday afternoon, I spent some time reading and commenting on other writers’ SOL stories. As I made my way through various blogs, I noticed a couple of people (e.g., … Continue Reading Reflection
I’ve been thinking about teachers on the tough days. You know those days. The days when you can barely lift your hand to high five kids on the way out … Continue Reading On the tough days…
I’ve been percolating some ideas for the Celebrating Writers book Christi Overman and I are working on and expect to have out later this year with Stenhouse. We pretty much … Continue Reading Celebrating Versus Publishing
Yesterday in Mr. Gause’s third grade class, some incredible thinking was happening. This week we launched into reviews. Earlier in the week, he asked students to test different toy cars … Continue Reading Another Way to Launch a Review Unit
This week I launched a REVIEW UNIT in several third grade classrooms. On the first day I asked, “Have you ever heard of a review?” Heads shook. “Okay, then, let … Continue Reading REVIEW Unit Launch
First a little reflection on OLW ’11… I chose this word because I felt like it encompassed everything in my life. The list of words in the tape along the … Continue Reading Ruth’s OLW: Reflection 2011 + Word 2012.
My writing group is an important part of my life as a writer. It’s more than just accountability, but feedback and camaraderie and, well, if I’m super honest, fun. When I was … Continue Reading Writing Groups + Classrooms
I have a little secret about blogging. Sometimes I don’t feel like blogging. Sometimes I want to avoid the little post box. Sometimes, like right now, I’m so far behind … Continue Reading A Blogging Secret
My kids are junkies when it comes to QR Codes. They love spotting them. They are addicted to the thrill of scanning. They like the possibility of where the QR … Continue Reading QR Codes
Short post since my internet is slow at best, although nonexistent is more accurate. My school was canceled today. I spent a lot of my day writing. I’ve been revising my query … Continue Reading What are you writing?
I’ve had a daily word count for awhile. I’m not sure exactly when it started, but I think it was while writing Day by Day. However, it was while becoming … Continue Reading Word Count
I have this job that I’m incredibly thankful for. It gives me a chance to focus — really focus — on the teaching of writing. Naturally I’m interested in all … Continue Reading Filling Needs.
Happy anniversary Mom and Dad! Forty years ago today they were married. It’s kinda a big deal, you know, to be married for forty years. It gives me pause and … Continue Reading Forty Years.
One of the ways Martha Horn suggests launching workshop is to spend a significant amount of time steeping the workshop in storytelling. In fact, she suggests every child tell a … Continue Reading Storytelling
It was one of those days where writing workshop just felt good. Here’s a little recap of the highlights. First thing this morning, I implemented the things I’m learning from … Continue Reading It Feels Good…