Time is a precious commodity in elementary schools. Making the time for a daily writing workshop often means that something else has to get short shrift. However, sometimes, the time for writing workshop gets cut by five or ten minutes. Here are several suggestions for what you can do if writing time gets cut.
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.
Reflecting on my first experience using TCRWP’s goals & technique cards for informational writing with a small group of writers.
Our first blog series has come to an end. This post recaps the Tailoring Our Teaching Blog Series. Also, we’d like to know what YOU would like to write about the next time we host a blog series on TWT.
Strategy lessons allow you to meet with a small group of writers during independent writing time. They’re essentially small-group minilessons based on needs you notice several writers exhibiting.
I recently tweaked some of the record-keeping forms I disseminate when I consult with teachers about conferring. Some of the forms now have space to record the mentor text a … Continue Reading Record-Keeping Forms
I had, what felt like every kid in my class, so many students who wanted to share after yesterday’s Writing Workshop, which was comprised of four strategy lessons. I was … Continue Reading Enthusiasm
I’m giving my students the choice to sign-up for one of four strategy lessons after the minilesson is over tomorrow morning in Writing Workshop. You’ll find a Scribd Document below … Continue Reading Strategy Lessons for Writer’s Block
As promised, I’m going to be blogging about a variety of sessions I attended at NCTE this past weekend. Some sessions dealt with the teaching of writing, while others dealt … Continue Reading I Can…
Peek into two a strategy lesson and a conference I had during today’s Writing Workshop. 1. Strategy Lesson With Ruth’s Blessing, I printed out her the Slice of Life Story … Continue Reading Peek In!
Strategy Lesson Record Sheet Originally uploaded by teachergal It’s always been tedious recording the teaching point from strategy lessons on three – five kids’ conference record sheets every time I … Continue Reading Keeping Records
I just began an e-discussion with someone about whether or not teachers should check their students’ drafts (i.e., EACH STUDENT’S DRAFT) prior to allowing the kids to move forward and … Continue Reading Checking Drafts BEFORE Publishing
Small Group Work Space or Coffee Clutch? Originally uploaded by teachergal When I moved from New York City to Rhode Island I brought some furniture with me that I knew … Continue Reading Strategy Lesson and Conferring Coffee Table Area
I often feel like I’m conferring with the same kids over and over again in Writing Workshop. Hence, I’ve created a new tool, a KID TRACKER, to help me keep … Continue Reading Keeping Track of Writing Conferences
Last week I blogged about a Recipe for Conferring Success. I’ve done some more thinking about it in recent days and am left pondering the following questions for myself as … Continue Reading One notebook or many?