Our workshop was feeling forced, unnatural, and just rushed! We struggled to fit it all in and share time (the most valued time) was cut short with only 1 or 2 writers sharing each day. Something had to give. Writers weren’t growing, I wasn’t conferring, and it just didn’t feel calm and productive. I reflected on our workshop, the work of the writers, and the choices I was making, but I couldn’t figure out what was making me feel so unsettled.
This year, I’m reaching back into habits of old and carving out time to write during that first day. Here are some things I will keep in mind…
When I visit a classroom, one of the first things I often say to kids is, “Today, please don’t erase. I want to see ALL the great work you are doing as a writer. When you erase, your work disappears!” Often, this is what kids are accustomed to and they continue working away. But sometimes, kids stare at me as if I’ve got two heads.
Ralph Fletcher, who is a beloved trade and professional book author, steps into our Author Spotlight.
Do you need help sustaining a writing habit? Take a lesson from Jerry Seinfeld & “don’t break the chain.”
Glue your butt to the chair, every day, or at least once a week, and you will not only become a better writer–you’ll become a better teacher of writing.
We’re delighted to have Augusta Scattergood kicking-off our new Author Spotlight Blog Series.
I’ve learned a few things about myself as a writer and a group member by being part of a writing critique group for the past nine months.
It seems appropriate that today’s post should be related to using your own writing in the classroom. We are, after all, in the midst of the March Slice of Life Story … Continue Reading Using Your Own Writing as a Teaching Tool
Just in time for Presidents’ Day, I chatted with nonfiction author Katherine L. House about her recent book, White House for Kids. Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win a copy of her book.
Writing about nonfiction elicits the same initial lack of enthusiasm from my students as reading about nonfiction – a nonfiction affliction that seems, at first, impossible to overcome. It’s the … Continue Reading Setting the stage for writing about nonfiction
Six weeks have passed by in flash, it seems, for it is already time to bid my student teacher goodbye. As I compile book list recommendations, photograph charts and student … Continue Reading A letter to my departing student teacher
“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” -Jack London
This week my colleagues and I are writing posts that we hope will make your life a little easier. We’re sharing some ways to work smarter, not harder.
By the time I arrived at Cornelius Minor’s TCRWP workshop, State-of-the-Art Workshop Teaching of Writing in Middle School, harnessing Methods Specifically Described in the New Units of Study, I had … Continue Reading Teaching Writing in Middle School: Notes from the Saturday Reunion #TCRWP
Wouldn’t it be great to escape for a few days to just write? Oh, do I have a place for you! You won’t have to cook a single meal, it’s tranquil, there’s wifi, AND it’s affordable.