I’m a big advocate for writers to find a space that works best for them. I also think it’s important for students to learn to write anywhere. I’m productive as … Continue Reading Finding a Space to Write
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.
As many of you know, I love helping people get started with workshop. Here’s what I’m wondering tonight… What is the most important thing to know as a writing workshop … Continue Reading Where to start?
Here’s what I’ve been thinking about lately: How do we provide both structure and choice in writing workshop? Both are essential to empowering young writers. Structure is necessary to lift … Continue Reading Structure + Choice
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 … Continue Reading Writing Workshop Expectations
At my school, today marks day four for students. We are nearing the end of the honeymoon period. You know what I’m talking about, right? The newness of starting school … Continue Reading What are they hoping to get?
One of the things I realized about myself when I went to the Choice Literacy writing retreat is how quickly I speed through the day. I like to pay attention … Continue Reading Starting Slowly
In my last post, there was this comment: Heather on Saturday August 4, 2012 at 1:06 pm said: Thanks for these ideas! But I really can’t wait to read about your ideas on … Continue Reading Making Writer’s Notebooks Personal
This week we bought school supplies for our kids. Although there was a list and three excited children, I found it difficult to focus. Instead I was envisioning the possibilities … Continue Reading Writing Supplies
I’m glad you are here (both August, and you, reader). It’s time to transition again. I will reclaim the joy of a schedule, while at the same time mourn the … Continue Reading Hello August
As summer takes over, I’ve realized our routines are shifting with the season. Typically I write for 15 minutes in the morning and again at night. During the summer I … Continue Reading Routines
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
Around my school, we have three more Mondays of school left in 2011. That’s not much, and yet, during this season of grey days, holiday excitement, and indoor recess, it … Continue Reading What fuels writing workshop?
Sometimes writing workshop gets a little messy. At least it does for me. I think we are trucking along, working our way through a unit of study, learning as writers, … Continue Reading Sometimes It Gets Messy
In honor of Labor Day, I’m writing a little post about the kinds of “labor” I expect to see in writing workshop. Early on in the school year, it’s important … Continue Reading Labor Day
This past Tuesday I spoke at the 8th Annual Pennsylvania Writing Institute, which is held at Millersville University. Since school begins at the end of August here (in Pennsylvania), I … Continue Reading Are plan boxes worth it?
This time of year thoughts about creating a safe and inviting classroom fill our minds. This is one of my favorite things to think about. Today I shifted the question … Continue Reading How do you make writers feel welcomed?
Yesterday, Deb Day wrote a Slice about the way her brain “flips” and is ready for school. It resonated with me. I understood exactly what she was talking about and … Continue Reading “The Mind Flip”
Our Stenhouse Facebook Event concludes today with a final downloadable and printable writing tip is entitled “Record-Keeping Systems That Make Sense for You.” You can find this tip on our … Continue Reading Facebook Event – Day 5
Our Stenhouse Facebook Event continues today. Today’s downloadable, printable writing tip is entitled “Collecting Bits of Life.” You can find this tip on our Facebook Page. Here’s what you need … Continue Reading Facebook Event – Day 2