conferring · partnerships · peer conferring · tcrwp · Teachers College

Moving from Partnerships to Peer Conferring

I attended Kathleen Tolan's "Once You Have Taught Workshops for Years, How Do You Go from Good to Great? Tap the Power of Peer Conferring and Supporting Student Independence and Goal-Setting." Workshop at the TCRWP Writing Institute. Kathleen's session made me realize that once we've been doing this work (i.e., writing workshop) for awhile, it's… Continue reading Moving from Partnerships to Peer Conferring

reading · tcrwp · units of study

A Virtual Publishing Celebration

It's hard to have a publishing celebration for people who live miles apart from you. Therefore, a virtual publishing party is the best I can do for Anna and Beth today. Please stop by to leave a congratulatory comment for them since their books have been published.

tcrwp · Writing Institute · writing workshop

Learning from the Summer Institute via #tcrwp

I was not able to attend the Writing Institute at TC this week, but I was able to live and learn vicariously through a steady stream of Tweets and blog posts - teachers are nothing if not generous with their learning...

balanced literacy · classroom · independent writing · lesson plans · lucy calkins · minilesson · organization · professional development · tcrwp · Throwback Week · units of study · writing workshop

Throwback Week: How To Read A Unit of Study

Learn some tricks for reading the Units of Study, whether you're new to the units or have been using them for many years.

tcrwp · Work Smarter Not Harder Blog Series · writer's notebook

Work Smarter: 5 Tips for Checking Writer’s Notebooks Efficiently  

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 smart thinking about the work students do in writer's notebooks.  But there one particular thing she said that resonated with me since I used to… Continue reading Work Smarter: 5 Tips for Checking Writer’s Notebooks Efficiently  

homework · tcrwp · writer's notebook

You don’t have to write, you get to write.

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, there are plenty of students who aren't enthralled with the idea of writing at home every night since they don't think they have anything to say… Continue reading You don’t have to write, you get to write.