Many of today’s students crave choice, freedom, and the excitement of exploring something new. This year, as you prepare to roll out your writing units, you may also want to reconsider the level of constraints within each unit. How and when might you invite students to choose the product that best fits their personal preference and intended audience?
Whether you are fortunate enough to have a structure to collaborate with others on your grade-level team, or if you are planning solo here are three steps you can take.
Journalism inspires students to write personally without as much vulnerability as personal narratives sometimes require. However, I still learned SO much about what these students cared about and who they are as people!
Words, time, language. All of these factors can be challenges when communicating efficiently and effectively with families. When in doubt, turn to creating a short video to communicate clear and concise expectations.
Whether you’re already back in school or returning in the next two weeks, I’ve rounded up some of our team’s best blog posts that will help you launch & sustain writing workshop in 2018-19.
Planning a unit of study is like planning for anything in life. You can’t predict exactly what will happen, but you can project what you think will mostly likely happen, based on what you know.
Need help writing strategies that are explicit and kid-friendly? Check out this excerpt from DIY Literacy.
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.
Our guest blogger takes a look at the 3rd grade Units Of Study
Take some time to celebrate what your students have accomplished, thanks to your teaching, in writing workshop. Name something — big or small — you’re proud of from this school year.
Have you ever wondered what some of the writing workshop lingo means? Here’s another look at some commonly used workshop jargon.
Encouraging kids to make decisions about their writing, rather than blindly following grammar rules helps lifts the level of their thinking, and the level of their writing.
Learn some tricks for reading the Units of Study, whether you’re new to the units or have been using them for many years.
I’ll begin by being honest – I don’t like checklists. It’s a personal thing. Checklists make me anxious, they fill me with the fear of impending failure. As soon as … Continue Reading Work Smarter: Use checklists throughout a unit of study …and beyond
There is an adage: if the teacher is working too hard, the students aren’t working hard enough. There are many cases where this is true: in a writing conference when … Continue Reading Sharing the Work: Assigning Teacher Leaders for Unit Planning
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
If we do nothing else, we do this one thing…Read this post to find out what it is!
We’ve all been there. You’ve gathered your students into the classroom meeting area, nice and cozy, with the intention of doing just a quick l’il minilesson. Just a quick tip … Continue Reading Top Ten Ways to Keep Minilessons from Turning into Maxilessons
After reading “Technology and the College Generation,” I’ve come to believe teachers of writing need to craft mini units of study to help kids learn to use e-mail confidently.
4th Grade Teacher (& Slicer) Noor Shammas writes about her students’ Community Member Biography Project.