writing workshop · conventions · grammar

Bring on the Fun with Sentence Construction

Who says grammar can't be fun in a third-grade classroom? And who says young writers can't understand complex concepts like dependent and independent clauses? And who knew I'd be using poop, sentence structures, and a variety of clauses in the same sentence in front of a room of third-graders?

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Listen to the Children

I've been thinking a lot lately about how my Kindergarten students perceive themselves as writers, so I decided to interview my class in order to learn more about their perspectives on writing and what it means to them as five and six year old emergent writers. Their responses have given me quite a lot to consider!

foundational skills · phonics · spelling · writing workshop

Teaching Kids to Use the Phonics You’ve Taught

This post can be a jumping off point for learning more about how explicit phonics instruction can be connected to a joyful independent writing workshop for young children

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How Long Should Writing Workshop Be? Match the Minutes to Kids’ Stamina

At the start of the year, most teachers start small with writing workshop. After a brief minilesson, you can set a timer for 5-10 minutes (or any amount of time you’re confident will be a success) and announce to your class, “Let’s make our goal today ____ minutes!” Then, make sure the timer goes off… Continue reading How Long Should Writing Workshop Be? Match the Minutes to Kids’ Stamina

agency · assessment · goals · Google Forms · self-assessment · small group · writing workshop

Student Agency, Self-Assessment, and Small Group Instruction

Nudging students toward self-assessment and goal-setting leads to students' increased understanding of what they are working on and why they're working on it. That intentionality is a critical aspect of learning!

handwriting · occupational therapy · Stronger Together: Involving Other Professionals in Your Workshop Blog Series · writing workshop

Collaborating with Occupational Therapists: Stronger Together Blog Series

Occupational therapists not only support students one-on-one, but can be amazingly helpful collaborators!

IEP · Stronger Together: Involving Other Professionals in Your Workshop Blog Series · writing workshop

Working with Special Education Teachers: Stronger Together Blog Series

Because I began my career as a special education teacher, I feel especially aligned to the professionals within our building who work with students with IEPs. Together, I’ve curated some of their ideas and suggestions as educators work together, inspiring and empowering all children to write. 

Stronger Together: Involving Other Professionals in Your Workshop Blog Series · writing workshop

Stronger Together: Involving Other Professionals in Your Workshop Blog Series

Get ready for a week of inspiration in our "Stronger Together" blog series! Also, any time you leave a comment on one of this week’s blog posts you’ll be entered into the book giveaway!

coaching · curriculum planning · small group · teaching tools · writing workshop

My Top Three Coaching Tools: Planning for Small Groups

Today on the blog, Jessica Carey shares three go-to coaching tools that all support planning for small groups.

slice of life · writing workshop

It’s Tuesday! Welcome to Slice of Life with #TWTBlog

It's time for the Tuesday Slice of Life! Live a little, write a little, share a little. Post your blog link in the comments below, and don't forget to share the love by commenting on posts from three other Slicers. Happy writing! "Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers." Isaac Asimov