Category Archive: writing workshop

Literacy Coaches: Schools out. Now what?

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Four practical priorities for this summer.

Responding to Reflection: Editing

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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.

Five Questions for Reflection

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Thinking back over the year, what do you hope to continue or change before students return in the fall?

When Writers Drive The Workshop: Review and Giveaway

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When Writers Drive the Workshop is a book with heart. Brian Kissel writes with passion, voice, humility, conviction, and wisdom. The stories he shares from the student writers he worked with are stories that will stay with you, reminding you why doing this work matters so much. Read the rest of the book review and leave a comment for a chance to win your own copy of When Writers Drive the Workshop! (You will want to win!)

The Question Formulation Technique for Deepening Thought

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The Question Formulation Technique is a powerful instructional strategy across content areas.

How Do We Help Students Find Their Why?

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At first, pride filled my heart, but as I continued to watch, I realized the work ethics I was watching at that moment hadn’t been as clear nor intentional throughout the year. The day’s show of teamwork could have been the culmination of a year’s work, but I knew it was something more.

Year-End Sharing, Reflecting and Celebrating

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We cannot underestimate the value of year-end sharing, celebrating and reflecting opportunities for young writers.

Literacy Coaches: How do you assess your impact?

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A few months ago I received an email from a curriculum director in a district where I sometimes do a bit of consulting: Did I have any data regarding my impact in schools?… Continue reading

A Few Games to Inspire Writing Lives

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Here are a few writing games that can add fun and play to learning!

Ending the Year with Intention

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When this post goes live, there will be just 13 teaching days left in my school year. The end is coming quickly and more than ever, every minute counts. I’m thinking about how… Continue reading

Sending Notebooks Up

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We can send up our own little writing workshop time-capsules for kids to open in the fall.

ICYMI: Keep Learning Going Throughout the Summer Recap

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I learned a lot and saved many ideas from my co-author team at TWT through the latest blog series, KEEP LEARNING GOING THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER. Just in case you missed a post you can find a recap today. Also, we have a bonus parent letter for you to use with your families and of course a GIVEAWAY announcement!

Helping Parents Understand Writing Workshop: Keep Learning Going Throughout the Summer

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I love watching parents and children enjoying our town library during the summer months. There’s so much joy in reading together and selecting piles of books to bring home. My own daughters could… Continue reading

Books Inspire Writing: Keep Learning Going Throughout the Summer

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Another way to keep the writing going during summer is to look to books for ideas and inspiration.

Ready for a Challenge? Keep Learning Going Throughout the Summer

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Are your students ready to be Summer Writing Ninjas? Some challenges to keep the writing going this summer…

GRAB A SEAT, GRAB A PEN, & GET APPY: KEEP LEARNING GOING THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER

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Writers grow as they witness writing in their lives. The waiters jotting down orders, medical staff recording on charts, families creating a to-do list, shopping list, planning vacations, messaging family, and friends, composing emails, journaling, and the many other reasons we write in our lives.