There can be many moving parts in the writing workshop. Partnerships can be a driving force in the growth and goal setting of writers within your classroom. In my experience, there are three areas I work to strengthen within my writers to ensure partnerships foster this growth and development across the year.
Writers need to feel ready to write and knowing where, what and how you will begin this thing called writing is an important start. Space and tools are unique to the writer and can change from day to day. Respect this and allow the opportunity for each writer to search and make choices for writing.
Write. Share. Give.
It is day five of our 31-day writing challenge. Are you having fun yet? What feels easy? What feels challenging? Please share your thoughts when you leave the link to your slice of life story.
Every year, around this time, I start having dreams about setting up my classroom. In the classroom of my dreams, I'm moving around small circular tables, unfurling a brand new rug for the meeting area (the kind with the squares in bright colors), setting up a very large classroom library, and putting labels and color… Continue reading Sharpen Your Workshop Routines: Writing Centers to Organize All Your Materials
I want to know where do you write. At a computer or on paper? At a desk or on a couch? At home or at a coffee shop?
Each week I receive, The Big Fresh, an e-newsletter from Choice Literacy. This week's feature is entitled "There's Room for Me Here." As I began reading through the article, it resonated with the Responsive Classroom Training I received three summers ago. Essentially, the bottom line is to make your classroom feel welcoming for your students,… Continue reading Professional Talk: The Walls of Your Classroom
With the action research project I'm about to embark on, I'm trying to get a better hold on the writing behaviors my students, who do not write regularly, possess. I reached for M. Colleen Cruz's New Book from the Workshop Help Desk Series entitled A Quick Guide to Reaching Struggling Writers. This book is chock-full… Continue reading Writing Behaviors & the Process
A Messy Desk is a Sign of... Originally uploaded by teachergal Last Friday I returned home from six weeks away. I went on vacation for a week and then spent five more in the NY Area with family and friends. I loved every minute of being away, catching up with my loved ones, but it… Continue reading Photo Fridays: A Peek Into My Work Space