Category Archive: writing workshop

Thinking Critically About the Writing Workshop: Reflecting on the Way I Teach Writing

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I wanted to reflect on some questions my former professor, Stephanie Jones, presents at the end of chapter 11 in her book Girls, Social Class, and Literacy. She asks readers to consider some… Continue reading

i flopped.

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Big Time.  Seriously.  It wasn’t pretty.  But it was a good experience.  Here’s the scenario — A classroom of first graders + Exploding folders filled with stories + Each story is written across… Continue reading

Here’s what’s going inside of the memory box I’ll create tomorrow with my students…

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1. Golf Glove purchased on Kiawah Island in the late 1990’s. Used twice. Maybe three times. Stories from my golf lesson abound. (I think this is what I’ll model with during my Minilesson… Continue reading

Memory Boxes

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We’re creating Memory Boxes in Writing Workshop tomorrow. (Then on Tuesday they’ll start writing entries based-off of the items in their box.) Problem: It’s 10:03 p.m. and I haven’t figured out what to… Continue reading

Gimmicks

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I’ve been known to use lots of gimmicky things to get kids to write in their notebooks. For instance, I’ll create mini-charts (aka: cheat sheets) of the large strategy charts I have hanging… Continue reading

Gearing up for tomorrow’s Workshop

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Here’s my chart for tomorrow’s LOOKING AT YOUR PLACE Activity. I’ve been contemplating modeling for them, but I’m leaning more towards a guided practice where I take them through the entire exercise step-by-step,… Continue reading

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Writing Center

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My Classroom’s Writing Center Originally uploaded by teachergal In the six-plus hours that I spent in my classroom today, I spent at least an hour tweaking the way the Writing Center looked. I… Continue reading

the balance of teaching writing.

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Do you ever feel like you’re being pulled in different teaching directions — conventions and craft and process?  Do you sometimes feel guilty when you’re teaching about craft that you should be teaching… Continue reading

Keeping Track of Writing Conferences

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I often feel like I’m conferring with the same kids over and over again in Writing Workshop. Hence, I’ve created a new tool, a KID TRACKER, to help me keep track of who… Continue reading

A very different unit of study

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What if…? That’s a question I ask myself very often when I try to get my imagination running when I’m writing fiction, which is not the easiest genre for me (to write in).… Continue reading

My Writing Teacher Goals

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Angela Redden got me thinking about all of my goals for the upcoming school year. I thought this would be a brilliant place for me to articulate my writerly goals, so here goes.… Continue reading

Recipe for Conferring Success

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I baked a delicious chocolate peanut butter chip quick bread this past weekend. It came from a mix. (See how honest I am!) However, it required a few ingredients, such as eggs, water,… Continue reading

The first month of school

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I met with the other teacher on my grade level today to plan our Reading and Writing Workshops for the first month of school. Our writing teaching points were inspired by five professional… Continue reading

What really matters when providing quality writing instruction…

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One of Ruth’s Colleagues from Indiana, Jen Barney, wrote a post about the top ten things she’s learned as a teacher of writing in the past year. I think she touches on some… Continue reading

Getting Started: Creating CWPs

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Heinemann just published a lovely series of three booklets by Jim Vopat entitled Micro Lessons in Writing. I am so excited about infusing these micro lessons into my classroom, starting with some of… Continue reading

My Writing Workshop Bookshelf

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I’ve unpacked nearly all of my boxes. While I know a few of my titles are missing, I just wanted to share my Writing Workshop Professional Bookshelf. Some of my favorite titles are… Continue reading

Ch-ch-ch-changes

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I asked my students how they’ve changed as writers from the beginning of the year until now. Here’s what a few of them said: In the beginning of the year I was terrible;… Continue reading

Independent Writing Projects

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I’m debating as to whether or not I should assign independent writing projects to my students before the end of the school year (which ends on 6/27). Part of me sees the importance… Continue reading