Category Archive: self-assessment

Tips for Analyzing and Scoring a Ton of Writing

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Time is precious, and your mental energy even more so. Why waste either when others before you have learned through trial and error? Avoid common missteps by reading these simple tips.

Five Tips to Building a Rereading Habit

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Do you make time for your writers to reread? Rereading is one of those pieces of the workshop we might be assuming our writers are doing but direction is needed to really make it a habit. Here are five tips to give rereading a place in your writing workshop this year.

How Many Stars? Tools for self-assessment and goal-setting

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The more we show learners what the work looks like at different levels and the reasons for that level, the better they are able to self-assess, set goals, and improve.

The Joys, Wonders, and Challenges of On-Demand Writing: Assessment Strengthens Writers Blog Series

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I’ll be honest. I actually love on-demand writing assessments.

Instant Minilesson Follow-Up

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A strong active engagement, and a routine for informally assessing student work during the minilesson can give you the tools you need to be sure that no student leaves the meeting area completely confused.

A Week of Oldies But Goodies: Throwback Week!

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This week on Two Writing Teachers, we each chose another co-author’s previously published post to feature as part of our very own Throwback Week.

Aim Higher: Know Students as Writers

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Four ways to help you discover what makes your students tick as writers.

Ending a Year of Teaching Writing with a Group Reflection

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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… Continue reading

Supporting Organization in Persuasive Writing

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Color-coding is a quick and simple way to support students with that all-important skill of organization. Persuasive writing is a case in point.

Throwback Thursday: Reflections & Self-Assessments

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Peruse our past posts about reflective practice and self-assessments students can use at the end of the school year.

Hitting the Reset Button

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You can change your attitude, your priorities, or your thinking on any day. You just have to commit yourself to a new mindset or way of life.

Mid-Year Self-Evaluation: Want a Copy?

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It’s that time again… This-coming week is Mid-Year Self-Evaluation Time in my class’s Writing Workshop. I’ve revamped the Mid-Year Self-Evaluation to reflect the questions from not only Buckner’s Book (as I have done… Continue reading

Short Fiction Rubric

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I finally sat down and created a short fiction rubric for the picture books my students are going to “publish” this-coming week. If you’re in the market for a rubric that provides space… Continue reading

Weekend Writing Assessments

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Davis and Hill gave me the idea to have students fill out a weekend writer’s notebook assessment. I gave it to my students for the first time today and walked them through a… Continue reading