Small group instruction allows for efficiency and strategy sessions with more than one student. Allowing students to lead these groups and sessions gives purpose and opportunity to not only further the understandings of the leader but impacts your community of writers as they grow.
Category: Writing Workshop Fundamentals blog series
Teaching Students to Self-Monitor
Three strategies to use so that students develop their own ability to monitor themselves as writers.
In Case You Missed It: Writing Workshop Fundamentals Blog Series
Last week, my coauthors and I created a series of posts that we hope you'll find helpful for getting your school year off to a great start. Whether you are new to writing workshop, or a leader of this work, we hope you found something there! This was an exciting blog series for us to… Continue reading In Case You Missed It: Writing Workshop Fundamentals Blog Series
Environments: Writing Workshop Fundamentals
Working with the intention of creating writing environments with our students that are reflective of the beliefs and the needs of all should be our goal. While each writing workshop is unique to the writers within the workshop, there are basic design components true of all writing workshops.
Mentor Texts: Writing Workshop Fundamentals
Today, in writing workshop, we intentionally teach students how to write by using authors as our co-teachers. As teachers, we write for and with our students, and our writing can show them the possibilities for their own pieces. We highlight student work too as a mentor text, creating a bridge from what students are currently doing to a more effective way of writing.
Small Groups: Writing Workshop Fundamentals
Our blog series on writing workshop fundamentals continues through the weekend. Take a look at how you can benefit from incorporating small groups into your daily writing workshop routine.
Conferring: Writing Workshop Fundamentals
“Lift the ball with your right hand, and pretend your right knee is tied to your right elbow.” Placing the orange ball uncertainly in my right hand, I glanced over at Mr. Brown, my new basketball coach. Fixing his gaze squarely upon me, he added, “You can do this.” It was my 8th grade year,… Continue reading Conferring: Writing Workshop Fundamentals
Minilessons: Writing Workshop Fundamentals
Everything students are asked to do in writing workshop builds on effective teaching during the minilesson. It's important to understand the basics of writing minilessons so we can write them quickly and teach our students to become stronger writers every time we bring them to the meeting area to teach them something new.
Structure: Writing Workshop Fundamentals
Writing Workshops have important structural components.
Unit Planning: Writing Workshop Fundamentals
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.
Blog Series: Fundamentals of Writing Workshop
Growing up as a young person, I devoted a great deal of time to playing sports. Now, I didn't participate in a lot of different sports -- I played primarily soccer, with short stints in both basketball and tennis -- but these sports I chose to participate in consumed a great deal of time and… Continue reading Blog Series: Fundamentals of Writing Workshop