Grace Chough led a session, “Turning Writer’s Notebooks Into Workbenches, and Using Them to Work Deliberately Towards Big Goals,” at the June 2014 TCRWP Writing Institute. She shared lots of … Continue Reading Work Smarter: 5 Tips for Checking Writer’s Notebooks Efficiently
Inquiry-based centers introduce kids to mentor texts while helping them find their own mentor texts.
After your students decorate their writer’s notebooks and you review your expectations, the notebooks go home. This is exciting! Who doesn’t love writing in a new notebook?!!? I’ll tell ya, … Continue Reading You don’t have to write, you get to write.
Flash-drafting helps get thoughts down on the page quickly so writers are open to large-scale revisions.
Whether it’s an institute put on by your own district, or an expert is coming to town, or if you’ll be traveling many miles to take part, I hope that you are as excited about attending your institutes as I am about teaching them.
As the school year comes to a close, many of the schools I work with are launching into a week or so of in-service, summer institutes, and other professional development. … Continue Reading How To Read A Unit of Study
Amanda Hartman, author of One to One: The Art of Conferring with Young Writers, offers tips for teachers on how to strengthen their writing conferences.
Happy Charting: ‘Smarter Charts’ Authors Marjorie Martinelli and Kristi Mraz Share Some Tips for Your Classroom
It’s always a joy to learn with Majorie Martinelli and Kristi Mraz. In this interview, they share some excellent advice on using charts to support independence in the classroom.
Nothing truly teaches you like rolling up your sleeves and doing something. I came away with five realizations as a result from scoring K – 8 narrative on-demand assessments by myself.
Kristen Robbins Warren honors her middle school students’ independent writing lives by incorporating three literary rhythms (Monday Morning’s Muse, Wednesday’s Writing Window, and Friday Favorites) into the school week.
Cultivate home-school partnerships around writing by hosting a family writing night this fall.
I met a fantastic educator, Susie Barcus, from Fort Worth, TX when I attended the August Writing Institute at TCRWP. We worked together in a small group where we shared … Continue Reading Using Illustrations to Trigger Memories
I’ve been wanting to try out Storify for awhile, but haven’t head a reason to use it. Until now. I decided to put together Storify some of my tweets and … Continue Reading Sharing Some Thinking from the Writing Institute
Day one at the TCRWP Writing Institute was fantastic! Here are a few important take-aways I gleaned from yesterday’s keynote and sessions. The TCRWP feels the same pressures all of … Continue Reading Tuesday Tidbits
The call for slice of life stories AND a question about what you’re doing next week.
Reflections on my first Twitter Chat: what worked well, what overwhelmed me, and some silly things I tweeted.
I purchased the original Units of Study for Teaching Writing, Grades 3 – 5 when they were published in 2006. In the early days, those books were like a Bible … Continue Reading New Units of Study
We are thrilled and honored to be guest blogging here this week. We are both huge fans of the blog, the Two Writing Teachers community and of Ruth and Stacey’s … Continue Reading Learning the Language of Lawyers: Writing Compelling Arguments
I started thinking deeply about the significance of classroom charts once I spent a week with Kristi Mraz who led a section, “Toolkits, Charts and other Resources That Support Writers … Continue Reading The Art and Science of Chart Making + A Giveaway
I learned about digital text bins when I took Maggie Beattie Roberts’s session “Tap the Power of Technology and Media to Teach Higher Level Comprehension” at this past summer’s Reading … Continue Reading Digital Text Bins