Using student work as feedback for our teaching informs us. It empowers us. In a way, it allows young writers to become our teachers…
Ryan Hur, Tam Mandanis, Kellen Pluntke, Rishi Singh, Christian Sporre, and Dawson Unger are six of the Bow Tie Boys who are a group of high school students from Northern Virginia. Today they take on the topic of student engagement in secondary writing classes.
Are you feeling inundated with paper in your writing workshop? Here are some quick tips to help you help your students organize their writing so that their desks and writing folders are less cluttered.
Thinking about your demonstration texts this way can give you some inspiration for multiple ways to teach the same minilesson, to the whole class, or to small groups as follow-up.
Looking for a summer project? Spruce up your teaching toolkit.
“Mom, you need to talk to Noah and tell him I need more cinnamon on my morning toast.” I raised my eyebrows at the first grader. “I doubt you need … Continue Reading Purposeful Persuasion
Unfortunately I don’t have a photo from Favorite #1. Christy Rush-Levine and I met for a walk + dinner on Tuesday. Christy is one of those people who help me … Continue Reading Friday Favorites
In one of the kindergarten classrooms I’ve been working in, we’ve been learning: Writers share their opinions. This has been a unit of study inspired by the Common Core State … Continue Reading Opinion Writing in Kindergarten
My daughter shook a paper in front my face, with her other hand on her hip she said, “I lost points because she [the teacher] said I have to add … Continue Reading What does she mean add details?
A few weeks ago we talked about audience in Christi’s second grade workshop. During sharing, students sat in a circle and each shared the audience for their current WIP. When … Continue Reading Quality Writing Comes When Students are Invested in their Projects
Recently, I taught a minilesson about showing a story. In typical intermediate grade fashion, students were writing stories filled with struggles, but slim on creating a picture in the reader’s … Continue Reading Showing a Story
Katherine Bomer talked about celebrations this past summer at the TCRWP July Writing Institute. As I was planning my News & Announcements Charts for the upcoming week today, I found … Continue Reading Hard Work Should Be Celebrated
Today might be one of a handful of times I will ever teaching Writing Workshop after lunch when my kids come back from dance. (I LOVE teaching writing in the … Continue Reading Flipping My Schedule Upside Down
Next Week: Agh!!!!!!!!!!! Originally uploaded by teachergal Farjeon wrote a poem called “There Isn’t Time,” which has always resonated with me since I try to multi-task all of the time … Continue Reading There Isn’t Time… The Gates Are Closing… Teaching ’til the End…
Literacydetails’ Post reminded me of a conversation I had with the student who inspired the SOLSC. He confided in me about a week or so ago. Here’s a close approximate … Continue Reading Notebooks
I’ve been working alongside Colette Berg & Melissa Possell in their first grade rooms. We’ve been having students do a lot of collaboration as they make their first foray into … Continue Reading first grade poetry.
Ruth’s post from Thursday got me thinking about how to improve the practice that surrounds the teaching of non-fiction writing. Just how can it get better? What if teachers from … Continue Reading What if…?
I found some “I Am…” Poems that my two of my students wrote during my second year of teaching (within our Poetry Unit of Study) on my computer this morning … Continue Reading TGIPF — I Am…
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
Sample List Originally uploaded by teachergal Encourage your students to keep a list of things they can write about in their writer’s notebooks (an idea I took from The No-Nonsense … Continue Reading They can never say that they don’t know what to write about anymore!