Even when life seems busy, hectic, and crazy, find and celebrate those minutes to read and write. Celebrate this community of writers! WRITE a slice of life story on your own blog.… Continue reading
A winter recess is upon us here at Two Writing Teachers. A break is nice, but we have a lot in store for 2018. We can’t wait to come back in January with a fresh start!
For many middle school teachers, planning and teaching small groups in writing workshop feels a little like the Rubik’s Cube; like this famous puzzle, there is a sense that small groups are doable (somehow, maybe?), yet the orchestration of all the many parts can make them feel overwhelming and perhaps even insurmountable. If you feel this way, know that you are not alone.
More wishes for you, dear educator, as we get ready to end one year and begin another.
WRITE a slice of life story on your own blog. SHARE a link to your post in the comments section. GIVE comments to at least three other SOLS bloggers.
Do you struggle with students working — rather than socializing — during independent writing time? If so, here’s a solution to keep your kids engaged as writers so you can maximize the number of students you meet with during independent writing time.
Writing is joyful this year.
When writing with digital tools, students have the opportunity to design and share writing in a variety of ways that not only add a new aesthetic to writing but more importantly they offer teachers the ability to skillfully and intentionally scaffold writing development.
Before my daughter plays a soccer game or scrimmages, her team goes through several warm-up exercises. Watching the go through the motions, I’m impressed that they all seem to enjoy the warm-ups, and they also can explain the purpose of them.
It has helped me to think of these grammar games as the girls think of their soccer warm-ups. They’re quick, they’re fun, and they’re relevant to writing.
Reflecting on the steps of the year as I watch students taking their own.
When you love writing, and love teaching writing, and when you blog often about the teaching of writing, it’s a wee bit awkward when your own first grade son refuses to write in school.
Warm up with a story.
Mark Twain once said, “I can live for two months on a good compliment.” While our students should regularly receive compliments from their teachers, good ones can fuel their ambition and willingness to stretch themselves as writers.
On behalf of our team at Two Writing Teachers, I’d like to thank you, our readers, for your dedication to the teaching of writing, and for the incredible community of educators you have helped us to build.
My head was spinning and the next thing I knew I was wondering how the allure of emojis and marking up could lift student voice and motivation in writing
What’s new in your world? Share a story and connect with a community. It’s SOL Tuesday!
Last week, we hosted a mini-series on homework and the role it plays in elementary and middle school writing workshops.