Learn how Hertz and Mraz's newest book, Kids 1st from Day 1, can impact your writing workshop.
As learners ourselves, we know students need a supportive culture where taking risks, asking questions, and understanding the value of the process is omnipresent.
The young writers sitting in our classroom will rise above the fears and struggles of being a writer, but it will take intentional planning, repetitive teaching, daily writing, and reteaching. Writing is hard work. Students don't become writers because we have writing workshop. Writers become writers because teachers have clear intentions and a vision of what's possible.
What teacher of writers superpower would you like to develop this year?
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Five things I'm reading, enjoying, and thinking about this Friday.
Clear, specific feedback helps children view themselves in a positive light in the learning environment and in life.
Interactive Modeling: A Powerful Technique for Teaching Children teaches us how to use interactive modeling to teach a variety of classroom routines, behaviors, and skills in an engaging way that shows students what to do while providing them with a safe space to practice.
The first six weeks of school is about providing structure for students. Teachers who are too lenient never seem to gain control of their class while teachers who are too rigid risk the chance of not building a cohesive classroom community since students don’t feel safe enough to take risks. There’s a fine line to… Continue reading Writing Workshop Expectations
Several years ago, I took a graduate course entitled "Literature for Older Children" with Kathy Brody, who was a former classroom teacher. Brody, who was trained in the Responsive Classroom approach, wanted to share her passion for Responsive Classroom with her graduate students. Therefore, she taught us about one of the most important pillars of… Continue reading Morning Meeting Ideas + a Giveaway
I've learned the importance of communicating clearly with students through the Responsive Classroom training I've had and books I've read about teacher-talk. One book that resonated with me several years ago was Choice Words: How Our Language Affects Children's Learning by Peter H. Johnston. In his book, Johnston made me think deeply about the words… Continue reading A Few Questions for Peter H. Johnston + a Book Giveaway
For the nearly 20 years, Lisa Dewey Wells has taught early childhood (three-year-olds through third grade) at independent schools in Massachusetts, New York and Maryland, including the past 12 years at St. Anne’s School of Annapolis. Her passion for teaching includes a commitment to knowing each learner as an individual and creating a classroom community… Continue reading GUEST BLOG POST: Assessment + Writing = Closure