In this writing community, Tuesdays mean writing a slice of life, sharing it, and appreciating the writing of others through comments.
To end the year on a happy note, I am setting some goals for April, May and June in my own version of a Writing Teacher’s Happiness Project. What would you work on to end your year in a happy way?
Many slicers spent the month of March finding inspiration, writing, sharing, and commenting every day. Throughout the year, we welcome you back together on Tuesdays!
It’s Week 2 of the Classroom SOLSC!
My March 2021 SOLSC blog posts can be used as mentor texts as my class embarks on the April 2021 Classroom SOLSC! Read on for more details about using your own writing as mentor texts for your students.
It is often said that great comedy requires great empathy. Making space for humor in your classroom builds connections that will sustain you and your students through the highs and lows of the school year.
Sometimes multi-tasking leads to mistakes, sloppiness, and even disasters, admittedly. But sometimes it can lead to getting things done. Necessity can become the mother of inventions, and I’m hoping that these documents inspire some meaningful writing opportunities where maybe they hadn’t been before!
How can I make progress pathways for young writers working from anywhere clearer for them? Inviting students into the evaluation process is helpful, and my hope is that one of these ideas will inspire you.
Think about the best coaches you have had or know. On Super Bowl Sunday, a hologram of Vince Lombardi appeared at the beginning of the game. In our home, he … Continue Reading Virtual Coaching Moves
For many writers, myself included, completing a piece of writing is a major accomplishment. For some writers, it’s hard to even envision a completed piece of writing. Shared writing can be a really useful strategy for inspiring these writers!
Preparing for a presentation on how blogging can help you build a writing habit, I’ve been reflecting on the power of blogging. The rewards are many. How has blogging shaped your life?
Carving out space and time for experiences that honor student agency and their diverse writing lives is not only empowering but also gifts them with the habit of writing and the identity as writers. We can write our way through this pandemic, together and emerge as writers.
Athletes warm up before practice, musicians warm up before a rehearsal–so why wouldn’t writers warm up before writing?
Intentionally putting a focus on rehearsal took me on a deeper exploration of its importance in my remote classroom.
Immersion Work I first learned about immersion work from a former staff developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Annie Taranto. Annie led a 3-day institute on the … Continue Reading Getting Ready for Literary Essay
Through the variety of resources, the widening of access points, the flexibility of expression, and the inclusion of art as a mode for interpretation and analysis, all students- especially students who have been historically marginalized- have additional opportunities for impactful instruction and participation.
Our words to our students matter. What our students say to themselves matters. We can inspire and uplift the conversation by using affirmations throughout our teaching and in writing workshop.
With a personal writing calendar, each kid can see what is going to happen in the unit of study, and has the power to adjust it.
A silver lining of teaching remotely has been opportunities, like this one, to elevate authentic reasons to read and write. Kids are curious about how others do things, and they have so much real-world expertise to share. A strategy such as this one gives our youngest writers access to topics that might otherwise exceed their emergent writing skills.
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