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
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.
Four practical priorities for this summer.
Professional writers often reach for professional editors in the writing world. Why not create the opportunity for students to be the professionals?
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.
Sometimes we learn a lot by asking students what makes the difference in their lives as learners.
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
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.
Thinking back over the year, what do you hope to continue or change before students return in the fall?
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The Question Formulation Technique is a powerful instructional strategy across content areas.
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.
We cannot underestimate the value of year-end sharing, celebrating and reflecting opportunities for young writers.
Here are a few writing games that can add fun and play to learning!
We can send up our own little writing workshop time-capsules for kids to open in the fall.
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!
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
Another way to keep the writing going during summer is to look to books for ideas and inspiration.