community · grammar · interactive writing · phonics · spelling · vocabulary · writing workshop

Step Up Interactive Writing (…And Sneak In More Spelling, Vocabulary, and Grammar)

As teachers, we know that when writers encode with ease, they are better able to focus on their ideas. Interactive writing is the perfect setting to build this competency.

oral language · storytelling · writing workshop

Talking it Out: Oral Language as a Tool for Revision

It’s no secret that storytelling helps children develop a sense of story. It’s no secret that oral language supports kids who don’t yet have the mechanics of writing. And it’s no secret that storytelling and oral language allow students to compose writing in a low-risk, often fun way. What many don’t realize, however, is that oral language can support writing throughout the writing process, and that learners of all ages - through adulthood! - can benefit from bringing oral language into the picture. In this post, I’ll share a few activities that highlight the way oral language can strengthen writing instruction. Focused on later parts of the writing process, these activities support revision and feedback. I’ll explain each activity, tell you why I love it so much, and offer tips for adapting each one for different learners.

professional development · writing workshop

Taming the Clutter: Bringing Focus to Professional Learning

Sometimes, I am overwhelmed with the amount of new learning about writing that I wish to incorporate. I’ve come to realize I’m not alone. I’m not the only person with more resources and ideas than they know what to do with, and I‘m not the only one who risks inertia because I don’t know where to start. If that’s also you, or someone you know and love, I’ll be sharing my process for how I work my way to more clarity and focus.

agency · bulletin boards · charts · Resetting Our Workshop Practices Blog Series · writing workshop

The Importance of Charts in Classrooms: Resetting Our Workshop Practices

Within classrooms, charts are critically important elements for shifting the responsibility of learning.

Resetting Our Workshop Practices Blog Series · writing workshop

Opening the Door to Reflection: Resetting Our Workshop Practices Blog Series

At Two Writing Teachers, we know how important it is to learn in a safe space, so this week, we invite you into ours. We will  share some of the growth experienced in our own teaching and what that was like for our students and for us. You might recognize yourself in some of our journeys, or you may see into an experience quite different from your own.