Tucked away among the many books I bought at NCTE is this treasure: a collection of Donald Graves’ essays on writing workshop. An added bonus is a DVD that captures … Continue Reading In my writing workshop: a student takes ownership
First drafts usually contain the words anybody can write. Revision is the key to crafting writing that sounds just like you.
“A writer is a person who cares what words mean, what they say, how they say it. Writers know words are their way towards truth and freedom, and so they … Continue Reading Write, share, give: SOLS time
Nurture a child’s interest and talent for writing this holiday season with one of these items. Look for a chance to win one of these five items by reading the giveaway information at the bottom of this blog post.
copyright: Bill Watterson – Calvin and Hobbes This is pretty much how Josh felt when I pulled my conferring stool up next to his desk yesterday and asked, “So, … Continue Reading Reflections on writing workshop: Sometimes when they say they’re “done” they’re really done
All week long, Heinemann Publishing has been celebrating Don Graves on their Facebook page, featuring his groundbreaking work, and asking educators this question: To honor Don Graves, help us keep … Continue Reading Nourishing the writer in the writing teacher.
I’ve been writing daily for years, but lately I feel as if I haven’t written anything worthwhile. Sure – I’ve written blog posts about family and the teaching of writing. … Continue Reading Climbing out of a Writing Rut
After reading Write Beside Them, Tara Smith realized she had to connect her teacher and writer identities. No longer would it be enough to share mentor texts and confer. She realized she needed to share her writing life with her students and walk them through her thinking as she wrote.
Draft is a weekly essay series in The New York Times about the importance and art of writing. The weekly Draft essay is one of the first things I look for in my Sunday paper since it pushes me to become a better writer.
Anna Gratz Cockerille provides tips for organizing and developing teaching toolkits you can use across the school year.
Several months ago I began meditating as a way of trying to achieve a greater sense of overall vitality. I started out by listening to a 10 minute podcast from … Continue Reading Creating a Consistent & Meaningful Writing Life
Cultivate home-school partnerships around writing by hosting a family writing night this fall.
I think the thing that makes a writer is Habit. Yes, that’s habit with a capital H. (I go back and forth between whether it’s habit that makes a writer … Continue Reading Notebook Routines
It is the writer who might catch the imagination of young people, and plant a seed that will flower and come to fruition. – Isaac Asimov I began a writer’s group … Continue Reading A New Way To Learn About Teaching Writing
Last month, I was put on brain rest for two weeks in order to get better after having a concussion. Brain rest in my world meant no driving, no news … Continue Reading Connect Your Thoughts in a Writer’s Notebook + Giveaways
Tara Smith shares how she launched, maintained, and celebrating the writing slice of life stories and comments — all year long — with her sixth grade students.