goals · teacher writing · teacher-as-writer

Writing Your Way into a New Year: Be a Lead Writer in 2023

Are you ready to start 2023 as a Lead Writer in your classroom as well as a Teacher? Grab a notebook, pick up a pen, and start writing! You’ll be amazed at your own growth–and at the impact it will have on your students.

authentic writing · childhood · early childhood · emergent writers · kindergarten · play

Writing and Playing: A Natural Pairing in the Kindergarten Classroom

Writing and playing are not one and the same but there is deep value in forging connections between the two by finding regular opportunities to have children both write while they play, AND play while they write! 

authentic writing · community · SEL

Ups and Downs: Writing Our Way Through

How might our first moments back from break welcome back students and staff and all that they may have experienced since we were last together? Tell us how you make space for the ups and the downs and everything in between!

English as an Additional Language · vocabulary

The Picture Word Inductive Model: A Strategy for Developing Vocabulary and Language

Writing a text of any kind requires significant cognitive work, involving memory, hand-eye coordination, strength, concentration, executive functioning, planning— and the list goes on because I haven’t even gotten into imagination, comprehension, and information integration. The PWIM has allowed me to isolate single or targeted skills, providing opportunities for intentional practice. I can select pictures that are of interest to specific students, challenge them to practice letters and sounds, to verbalize and draft simple sentences, or to describe a situation. That way when students are writing their own pieces, the cognitive load may be taken up less by these practiced skills, allowing for more intellectual energy on other competing and important challenges within their writing process.