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.
Every year, I have one or two writers who arrive at my sixth grade writing workshop door fully formed: they love to write, they write beautifully, and they … Continue Reading Tailoring Our Teaching: Stretching our gifted writers
During a 40-minute block of independent writing time, we sat back and observed the students. We recorded their independent writing behaviors at eight separate time intervals.
Lucy Calkins, author of many books on teaching writing, often says that conferring is the heart of writing workshop. I once heard her say to a group of graduate students … Continue Reading Tailoring Our Teaching: No Need to Wing It If You’ve Got Great Conferring Notes
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.
When I first began teaching using a workshop model, I spent forever planning my minilessons. I wanted to make sure that my language was exactly right, and that I got … Continue Reading New Blog Series: Tailoring our Teaching / Assessment-based Strategy Groups for Expository Writing