Category Archive: writing workshop

In Case You Missed It: Writing Workshop Fundamentals Blog Series

by

Last week, my coauthors and I created a series of posts that we hope you’ll find helpful for getting your school year off to a great start. Whether you are new to writing… Continue reading

Tuesday Slice of Life!

by

Welcome back to the Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge. Write your post. Share the permalink here in the comments section. Be sure to comment on three other posts sometime today. If you… Continue reading

Mentor Texts: Writing Workshop Fundamentals

by

Today, in writing workshop, we intentionally teach students how to write by using authors as our co-teachers.  As teachers, we write for and with our students, and our writing can show them the possibilities for their own pieces. We highlight student work too as a mentor text, creating a bridge from what students are currently doing to a more effective way of writing.

Small Groups: Writing Workshop Fundamentals

by

Our blog series on writing workshop fundamentals continues through the weekend. Take a look at how you can benefit from incorporating small groups into your daily writing workshop routine.

Conferring: Writing Workshop Fundamentals

by

“Lift the ball with your right hand, and pretend your right knee is tied to your right elbow.”  Placing the orange ball uncertainly in my right hand, I glanced over at Mr. Brown,… Continue reading

Structure: Writing Workshop Fundamentals

by

Writing Workshops have important structural components.

Blog Series: Fundamentals of Writing Workshop

by

Growing up as a young person, I devoted a great deal of time to playing sports.  Now, I didn’t participate in a lot of different sports — I played primarily soccer, with short… Continue reading

It’s Tuesday! Share a Slice of Life!

by

Welcome to the Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge. Write your post. Share the permalink here in the comments section. Be sure to comment on three other posts sometime today. The coauthors of… Continue reading

It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

by

It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

by

It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

July Blogging Break

by

Ah, summer vacation! Time to exhale, reboot, and recharge. At Two Writing Teachers, we are taking a short blogging break for the month of July. We will be spending time with our families, reading, writing, reflecting, and, of course, planning new blog posts to share with you as we get ready to start a new school year.

Feedback That Moves Writers Forward: Review and Giveaway

by

Feedback That Moves Writers Forward: How to Escape Correcting Mode To Transform Student Writing, written by Patty McGee, is a must-read for educators who know we can do far better for students when it comes to talking with them about their writing.

A Data System For Tracking Progress

by

The  last post I wrote was about what students will say leads to their growth as writers. In that post, I mentioned the data system we use to track their progress, and several people… Continue reading

What Do Teachers Do All Summer?

by

Summer is the opportunity to sit back, hit reset and plan how I will improve for next year.  I like to use my extra hours of summer considering my past teaching practices and think about what worked and what I wish had gone differently.  

Literacy Coaches: Schools out. Now what?

by

Four practical priorities for this summer.

Responding to Reflection: Editing

by

Professional writers often reach for professional editors in the writing world. Why not create the opportunity for students to be the professionals?

Learning From Student Reflections

by

I’ve been thinking a lot about my year teaching third grade and the writing my students did. I had thoughts, opinions and ideas about what went right and where I still needed to make changes, refine my practice, be more strategic. Then, it dawned on me: I really need to ask my students what they think.

Asking Students What Worked

by

Sometimes we learn a lot by asking students what makes the difference in their lives as learners.

My Mission to Stay Connected: Sizzling, Summer, Slam!

by

Each summer I plan creative ways to keep my students reading and writing, and each year the participation is less than I anticipated. What is it that causes this lack of participation?  … Continue reading

Four Writing Workshop Ideas for the Final Stretch

by

If you’re in the final stretch–the last few days or weeks of school– here are a few ideas to keep kids writing right to the very end.