Category Archive: writing workshop

See Something Where There is Nothing: A Poetry Lesson

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Need a fresh idea for poetry? Try this lesson!

Reluctant Writer?

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My son, a kindergartener, is reluctant to write at homework time. But is he a reluctant writer?

Elaboration Strategies for Information Writing

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Sometimes information writing sounds like a list–teach students strategies to add voice and elaboration as they teach readers.

Finding Time: With Craft Moves on The Poem Farm

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Poetry month in my opinion (and my students’) is a celebration of writing! It’s a time when we writers welcome new beginnings and hone the art and crafting of our writing skills. I watch my students take wings and write with grace and confidence during poetry month.

SOL Tuesday

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It’s Slice of Life Tuesday…come share a slice. We’d love to have you write, share, and give feedback to other writers!

A Writing Workshop Learning Walk

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As much as I try to flatten the walls of my classroom using technology, the truth is there are still walls. It is me and 25 third graders, and most recently, a fabulous student teacher. Still, the walls are there and often I don’t get to see other teachers in action. Last month, I had the opportunity to remedy that problem for a day.

A Learner-Driven Classroom & Writing Workshop

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Moving to a learner-driven classroom has changed my role in the classroom and writing workshop. As a teacher in a learner-driven classroom, I have stepped back to observe the learner.

Day 29 of the March SOLSC #sol17

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Day 29. Almost to the end. The finish line is right there. Writing every day for 31 days is a big deal, and so is being a part of this community. Special Announcement… Continue reading

Day 28 of the March SOLSC-#sol17

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Welcome to Day 28. I’m actually starting to have the withdrawal pangs that have set in for the last several Aprils. Anyone else? Quote of the Day   Be inspired Karen Hasler takes… Continue reading

Growth Mindset in Writing Workshop + Giveaway

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How do we teach a growth mindset, along with all the other aspects of writing that require explicit instruction? Read on to find out more and for the chance to win an autographed copy of Growing a Growth Mindset: Unlocking Character Strengths through Children’s Literature by Dr. Kevin Sheehan and Jessica Ryan.

Day 27 of the March SOLSC #sol17

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On the 27th day, the end is in sight. We’ve all been writing for 27 days, and we’ve also been supporting each other with comments and the energy that comes within a community… Continue reading

Day 26 of the March SOLSC #sol17

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Welcome to Day 26 of the Challenge. We’re winding down… If you’re sharing your students’ Slice of Life stories, please head over to the Classroom Slice of Life.  ANNOUNCEMENTS If you’re a new… Continue reading

The Rising Writers Club

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My school offered a before school writing club and it was a hit! Here is a quick glimpse and a little tip on teaching poetry as April approaches.

CLASSROOM SOLSC: DAY 23 OF 31

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This is your students’ 23rd day of continuous writing. Whoo hoo! If you’re sharing your own slice of life stories, please head over to the Adult Slice of Life Story Challenge.

CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 20 OF 31

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It is day 20 of the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge for Students. Your students have been blogging for nearly three weeks!

Four Quick Steps: Are You Ready For Opinion Writing?

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To help guide our teaching we needed to know what our kids can do and where they would need our support.

Shaking Up Personal Narrative

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Ever since I read this post by Katie Kraushaar, I’ve been thinking about personal narrative and wondering why it is that students, particularly in middle elementary grades and beyond, are sometimes less than enthusiastic about… Continue reading

Transitional Phrases for Information Writing

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Information writing is a great opportunity for teaching students about fluency and transitional phrases.

A Peek Into My Evolving Chartbook

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Over the years, my chartbook has evolved. Here are some of the latest pages.

Resetting Student Ownership and Student Responsibility

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We realized our students needed to revisit why they are reading and writing in reflection to their current needs as readers and writers. Our work has shifted from the skills of learning to decode, spell, and use conventions to inferring, synthesizing, identifying and applying craft techniques, using voice, and then sharing our synthesized thoughts and stories with others.