Sometimes I think about the amazing work happening in writing workshops, and then wonder if anyone else notices. Sometimes the things that are most amazing are small bits that pack … Continue Reading Documenting Our Learning
Yesterday Lori Hickman and I launched a poetry unit of study in her kindergarten classroom. Since we wanted to see what they already knew about writing poetry, we decided to … Continue Reading First Attempt at Poetry
This week I launched a REVIEW UNIT in several third grade classrooms. On the first day I asked, “Have you ever heard of a review?” Heads shook. “Okay, then, let … Continue Reading REVIEW Unit Launch
In preparing to talk with teachers about planning a unit of study, I created this chart to help show how I encourage students to individualize the writing process instead of … Continue Reading Unit of Study Phases
Many teachers are spending preparation periods working with colleagues to develop a curriculum map for the 2010-2011 school year. Developing a scope and sequence that is developmentally appropriate, interesting to … Continue Reading How much can you fit into one school year?
Yesterday, Jen asked: As you are blogging about back to school, I wondered if you have any hints/tips for a parent presentation or handout to be use on Back to … Continue Reading Back to School Week: Workshop + Parents
I’m plowing through the questions Katie asked, last week, methodically. Here are the two I’m going to answer today: Which genres do you teach during the year? Approximately how long … Continue Reading Genres in My Upper Grade Classrooms
Today is my last day of Spring Vacation. It has felt as though I’ve been away from school, and from blogging, for a long time! Thanks to Ruth’s understanding about … Continue Reading The Home Stretch
A reader, Sara, suggested, a few weeks ago, that I restate the students’ goals for the upcoming Writer’s Notebook Unit of Study as “I Can…” Statements, which I did for … Continue Reading Goals Restated
I received a question earlier this evening about what’s next in my Writing Workshop: What do you usually do next in writing workshop? I just finished persuasive writing, and this … Continue Reading What’s Next?
My colleagues and I are going to revisit writer’s notebooks with our students right after the winter recess. We haven’t written the teaching points yet, but our homework, over the … Continue Reading Revisiting
Kevin, Creator of Day in a Sentence, used a new technology, Jog the Web, to showcase everyone’s posts this week. I was fascinated with the ease at which I was … Continue Reading This is the only kind of jogging you’re going to see me do!
Something strange happened last night… Ruth and I, who live 872 miles apart, were sitting at our respective computers writing about the same thing: units of study. Then, Patricia left … Continue Reading Blog Carnival: Exchanging Units of Study
Mary Anne left this comment: Mary Anne, on August 17th, 2008 at 8:56 pm Said: Here is what I would love to hear more about. Can you talk a little … Continue Reading Units of Study: A Writing Coach’s Perspective
Mary Anne left a comment earlier this evening, in which she asked some questions about the units of study: “Can you talk a little about your experience with Lucy Calkins’ … Continue Reading Units of Study: A Classroom Teacher’s Perspective
Earlier today Stacey posted an introduction about units of study. I’ll use Stacey’s post as a “mentor” for this one. First my background: I was first introduced to Writing Workshop through … Continue Reading Ruth & Units of Study.
I noticed that 30% of the people (i.e., 27/89) who’ve taken our poll, thus-far, have said they’d like us to post more about units of study. However, since only a … Continue Reading Units of Study
From the looks of the poll I posted two days ago, it looks like people would like more posts about “units of study” and “using mentor texts” in writing classrooms. … Continue Reading Poll – Early Results
Last August we made our blog live. This August, we’re delighted to announce the launch of Two Writing Teachers — The Website! Essentially, our new website is a place where … Continue Reading Get More Tools at http://twowritingteachers.com!
Kids watch commercials on television all of the time. Most of the children I know can recite the jingles they hear on both television and on the radio. However, I’ve … Continue Reading Ad Copywriting: A (New) Unit of Study Possibility