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
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.
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.
It is day 20 of the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge for Students. Your students have been blogging for nearly three weeks!
To help guide our teaching we needed to know what our kids can do and where they would need our support.
Information writing is a great opportunity for teaching students about fluency and transitional phrases.
Over the years, my chartbook has evolved. Here are some of the latest pages.
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.
My third graders are wrapping up their unit on personal essay. While some have grasped the structure and have articulated reasons and examples to support their argument, others have struggled to understand the concept of an essay. I want to take some time to think about what went right when teaching this unit and where the breakdowns occurred.
This video, narrated by Brene Brown, has been viewed over 7,000,000 times. Empathy is more complicated than its twin sister, sympathy. Empathy is a challenge for a lot of people–not just kids. The great… Continue reading
Once we teach students about goals and the importance of them in our lives, we can use the accompanying language in all aspects of their, and our own, learning.
I took a deep breath and paused a long pregnant pause. My next words needed to be just right.
Writing is a stalwart act. Through writing, we express ourselves, uncover feelings, tell our stories, organize our schedules, share our beliefs, and change our world. To some students (and even adults) writing can seem like a monumental task and writing may feel cumbersome. But when you think of the necessity of writing in our lives, writing is unavoidable.
Sometimes we write to clarify our thinking or record a moment so it won’t be lost in our memories. Other times we write to entertain, inform, or instruct. Recently, many of us have… Continue reading
I believe in writing. I believe that the more you write, the more you discover your own thoughts and ideas. Your voice grows stronger. You become more fluent. Writing becomes a part of who you are, how you see the world, how you process your thoughts, how you communicate effectively with others. It is not enough for students to just write during writing workshop. Writing needs to be woven into the fabric of the day, across subject areas, in ways that are meaningful and authentic for students.
It’s often difficult for children to see themselves as change-makers. Writing and processing small or big ideas can help children see that their voices can be powerful guides for change, even if the change is simply making someone’s day.
This week, my TWT colleagues and I are writing about the importance of authentic purpose to writers. We all agree that our students will benefit from having strong voices, clear messages, and wide… Continue reading
5 My father used to say, “February is the longest month.” But really, we know it isn’t. Thankfully we can look forward to the Tenth Annual March Slice of Life Story Challenge!… Continue reading