Throughout the conference, I watched, listened, and played with digital tools and all along I thought about our students and how digital tools have the capability to make all students feel successful. I was in awe of the opportunities digital devices bring to our classrooms.
There are a hundred ways precious minutes can be wasted during those pesky transitions, and a hundred ways a rough transition can make for an uphill battle for the rest of writing workshop. Here are three tricks that you might try.
Last week I met with a teacher about a writer who worries her. “Where’s his writing?” I asked. She pulled out a piece with a date on it, and the date was from… Continue reading
While many teachers seem knowledgeable about mentor texts and teacher-created texts, it is my hope that focusing on student-written mentor texts will lead more teachers to realize students can be mentor authors, too.
“How about we read Goodnight, Gorilla?” Raising my eyebrows, I gazed hopefully at my two year-old daughter. “Or maybe we could read The Grouchy Ladybug? You love that one!” “No!” Her… Continue reading
Tips for moving to the next level of unit planning.
How do I manage with thirty to forty students blogging? I blog too. That’s always made it more meaningful for my students.
When you hear blended learning in writing workshop do you immediately envision a classroom of writers looking at a screen?
Write a slice. Share it here. Comment on at least three other slices. Are you ever surprised by what you write when you sit down and start writing? Sometimes out thoughts, feelings, and… Continue reading
I am a list person. I have lists by my computer, by my bed, in the kitchen, in my car console– And I love crossing things off my lists. One of the reasons… Continue reading
How do you respond to the recursive “I’m done,” and every other form of the phrase? Maybe it isn’t about them.
Write. Share. Give. Please be sure to read at least 3 other posts and leave comments. Comments help us build our writing community! The eleventh annual Slice of Life Challenge starts up on… Continue reading
We can’t control what happen next in our news feeds or in the lives of our students. By making intentional time in our curriculum for writing, sharing and publishing, we can equip our students with the most powerful tools we have available to develop and strengthen their voices within our classrooms, and create a confidence within to speak their truths out in the world.
When is the last time you asked yourself, “What do I believe?” Have you asked your students what they believe? Our level of success is often a reflection of what we believe in ourselves. Having the power to make moves in our learning is less about being held accountable and more about revising our beliefs as we learn.
Will you be willing to roll out the Welcome Wagon for our new Slicers this March?
As part my MFA program, I’ve had to write eight page papers on a paragraph or two of text. That’s a lot of words about not too many words. I’ve also watched my… Continue reading
“Each scene has its own music, and the music is created for the scene. Woven into it in ways we do not understand no matter how we may love the melody of a bygone day or imagine the song of a future one; we must dance to the music of today. If not we will be stumbling around in something that doesn’t fit the moment.”
I was often the shortest person in my class. I also cried a lot. Like… a lot. I also seemed to always have a terrible ear-ache, or a bad cough, and headaches… you name it. I was exceptionally clumsy. And forgetful. Basically, I was a weakling.
In 2018, I want to grow. I want to learn. I want to DO more and DO better. My One Little Word (OLW) for 2018 is DO.
Happy Holidays from all of us at Two Writing Teachers! Have you chosen your One Little Word (OLW) for 2018 yet? Many of us in the Two Writing Teachers community and beyond have… Continue reading