Category Archive: writing space

Three Keys to Writing Partnership Success

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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.

Make Writing: A Book Review

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Make Writing: 5 Teaching Strategies That Turn Writer’s Workshop Into a Maker Space is a “MUST READ” for writing teachers. It is a quick read (less than 100 pages), inspiring, practical, and very current, as “maker spaces” are a hot topic in education today. These strategies can be used with all age levels, bring fresh energy to writing workshop, and allow for more students to find their voices as writers.

So, Why Do I Write? Discovering the Writer’s Life

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When the co-authors of Two Writing Teachers invited me to join the team, I was overwhelmed. When Julie Johnson asked me to co-author an iBook through the Columbus Area Writing Project, I was again submerged in fear. I found myself wondering if these writers had read my writing. I mean, if they had read my ramblings on my personal blog they wouldn’t be inviting me, right?
Do writers ever lose their doubts?

Writing to Know Your Learners

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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.

Day 6 of the March SOLSC! #SOL15

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Write. Share. Give.

Day 5 of the March SOLSC! #SOL15

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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.

Work Day

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“I still like the first day better than the last day of a school year,” I said this morning to Nat and Noah, our babysitters. As a high school junior and seventh grader… Continue reading

Quick Jots

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I’ve come to believe that real writers always need a place to physically write. However, real writers also live real lives. Sometimes it’s not always possible to fit an entire writer’s notebook (no… Continue reading

Teacher Testimony: Christi Overman.

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Today, Christi Overman spoke to the teachers in the Beginning Writing Workshop Training. A year ago, Christi occupied a seat in the workshop. At the time she thought she would be teaching kindergarten… Continue reading

Where do you write?

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Rick’s post about writing and thinking spaces made me recall my college years in Washington. I used to go to the National Gallery of Art before every history exam (My minor was History.)… Continue reading

Word Count Journal: Should I or Shouldn’t I???

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Nancy wrote about her experiences with the Word Count Journal, something I hadn’t heard of ’til I read her post. I’m debating whether or not I want to sign up for one? Hmmmm…… Continue reading

Peek Into My Classroom

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Some images that represent the writing-related things going on in my classroom. Enjoy the “tour!” (Many of these photos were taken by my students with my camera.) News & Announcement Chart Originally uploaded… Continue reading

Writing Space

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Over the mid-winter recess I asked my students to sketch out their at-home writing space. Further, if they didn’t have an at-home writing space, I asked them to create one. They came back… Continue reading

Writerly Matters

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Kelly at Big A little a has some wonderful blogging about the topic of “writerly matters.” Do check it out if you want to do some more thinking about the ‘basics’ I’ve sometimes… Continue reading

WNW is here! “Where do you write?” is today’s working theme.

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It’s Wednesday again. That means it’s time for ! You may leave a comment or use Mr. Linky to link others to your writing today. Click here to read today’s charge if you… Continue reading

WN Entry: The place where I write

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I write daily at my desk. Even though my computer can be transported anywhere, I prefer to sit in my study and write in my desk and my chair. However, when I use… Continue reading

a special space.

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I’ve been a writing coach for four years now.  My arm was gently twisted at the end of the school year when I was planning on looping my seventh graders into eighth grade. … Continue reading

Outdoor Outlet

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Please check out Jen’s Post about taking her students outside to write. It’s a great idea to try before the weather gets too cold (which is happening soon in most parts of our… Continue reading