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Sharpen Your Workshop Routines: Writing Centers to Organize All Your Materials

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

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Facebook Event – Day 3

Our Stenhouse Facebook Event continues today.  Today's downloadable, printable writing tip is entitled "Classroom Writing Center."  This tip will help you create or renovate a space where students can access materials during writing workshop. You can find this tip on our Facebook Page.  Here's what you need to do to participate in our Facebook Event.… Continue reading Facebook Event – Day 3

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Haiku Writing Station

Earlier this month I shared an idea about a writing station (aka: center) for older students.  Another product from Chronicle Books has crossed my desk and has piqued my interest as something that can be used in the classroom.  This time, it's a poetry-related writing station using Haikubes, which are 63 word cubes that can… Continue reading Haiku Writing Station

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(Writing) Center Time for Older Students

Whenever I used to hear the words "Center Time" I immediately thought about early childhood classrooms.  However, that notion changed in 2008 when I created a Poetry Station for my fourth graders.  The Poetry Station was created for students to use during the "morning work" period of the school day.  It was a choice, not… Continue reading (Writing) Center Time for Older Students

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Writing Center

My Students' New Writing Center Originally uploaded by teachergal Last year my students' writing center was a pretty tall bookcase. The wooden structure, pictured, housed the math center. However, as the amount of math manipulatives I have continues to grow, I had to swap spaces. Hence, the old math center is my students' new writing… Continue reading Writing Center

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Writing Center

My Classroom's Writing Center Originally uploaded by teachergal In the six-plus hours that I spent in my classroom today, I spent at least an hour tweaking the way the Writing Center looked. I think I finally got it right (and yes, I realize the kids will touch it and it won't look like this forever… Continue reading Writing Center