If you have ever felt that you were going through the motions of a minilesson, know that there are plenty of other ways you can choose to gather as a community and launch writing time. Here are ten alternatives for beginning a writing workshop session - - with joy, intention, and inspiration.
Category: shared writing
Shared Writing: Expanding the Reach with Small Groups
Shared writing isn't just for whole class lessons and isn't just for primary grades! Expand your reach by incorporating small group shared writing lessons in any grade!
Shared Writing: A tool to come back to
For many writers, myself included, completing a piece of writing is a major accomplishment. For some writers, it's hard to even envision a completed piece of writing. Shared writing can be a really useful strategy for inspiring these writers!
Predictable Barriers for Writers– and Some Ways Around
Identifying barriers and teaching into ways through, around, or over them will help writers not only with their immediate process, but also with their future endeavors.
Seen, Valued, Heard: Leveraging Shared Writing to Build Community
In my experience, many young writers struggle to use a writer’s notebook as a tool. They’re excited to have a notebook but unclear about what to “do” in there. Shared writing can be a powerful way to teach writers how to generate ideas for writing and to get themselves started, based on the books we are reading and discussing as a community.
Why We Should Help Children Lean On Writing in Hard Times
Seven reasons why we should help children lean on writing in hard times (with examples from a first grade classroom).
Six Ways To Make Charts More Student-Centered
From the planning process to the creation, read to find out six ways to make kids the center of your charts--the center of learning.
A Fall To-Do List for Shared Writing in Your K-2 Classroom
Maybe this will be the year I do a lot more shared writing!
Three Ideas for Oral Storytelling in the Classroom
Some sit at a keyboard and the words just pour out. Others use a pen and paper, working slowly and deliberately. I know one writer who prefers a typewriter to a laptop.
And then there are the storytellers.
It’s Now or Never to Start Up a Shared Writing Routine
Hey, pssst... Yeah, you. Have you noticed that it's already the middle of April? It's spring. There are only a matter of weeks left in the school year (not that anyone's counting). And that thing you meant to do this year... that really fun, super cool thing you learned last summer at a summer institute,… Continue reading It’s Now or Never to Start Up a Shared Writing Routine
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.
Conferring Toolkits: Class Stories, Shared Writing and Interactive Writing
Whether it's storytelling, or shared writing, or interactive writing, any piece of writing that your whole class created together is going to be extremely helpful to have at your fingertips while you are moving about the classroom conferring.