agency · community · feedback · goals · management · routines

How do we Know When our Workshops are Working?

Launching a writing workshop is hard work. Intentional work. What are those “look fors” that let us know that our workshops are gelling? That community is being built, routines are being established, and writing work is happening?

midworkshop interruption

The Mid-Workshop Interruption: An Opportunity for Instruction During the Workshop

We maximize our teaching time when we look for opportunities to instruct our students at different times during a writing block. The mid-workshop interruption is a consistent way to gather your class together to raise the level of their work day after day.

cultural relevance · equity · social justice

Integrating Social Justice Work Into Writing

I became a teacher to promote equity and social justice, but I'm not always sure what to do next for and with my students. The Social Justice Standards provide a roadmap for educators and integrate especially well with writing.

agency · back to school

Engage Writers at the Beginning of the Year with Base Training

At the beginning of the school year, take time before launching your first unit to allow students to settle in to writing workshop. This time helps you learn about students, build their confidence, and teach workshop routines.

professional development · writing workshop

Taming the Clutter: Bringing Focus to Professional Learning

Sometimes, I am overwhelmed with the amount of new learning about writing that I wish to incorporate. I’ve come to realize I’m not alone. I’m not the only person with more resources and ideas than they know what to do with, and I‘m not the only one who risks inertia because I don’t know where to start. If that’s also you, or someone you know and love, I’ll be sharing my process for how I work my way to more clarity and focus.