routines

Facebook Event – Day 1

Our Stenhouse Facebook Event begins today and we hope you'll join us.  This week we'll be sharing five downloadable, printable writing tips to get you thinking about the writing workshop you will lead during the upcoming school year.  Today's tip is entitled "Creating a List of Classroom Expectations." You can find the first of the… Continue reading Facebook Event – Day 1

conferring · record keeping

Record-Keeping Forms

Ever since I took Carl Anderson's course, "Assessment-Based Writing Instruction: Use a study of Student Work to Generate Goals and Systems for Recording Progress Towards Those Goals," I've been thinking a lot about student goals for writing and record-keeping.  While everyone (likely) has writing goals for their students, I wonder how often we use two… Continue reading Record-Keeping Forms

guest blogger · moleskine · writer's notebook

GUEST BLOG POST: Writer’s Notebooks: Traveling as a Pathway to Writing More (for You!)

Sarah Mulhern Gross has been a middle school language arts teacher and currently teaches 9th and 12th grade English.  She has a keen interest in young adult fiction and nonfiction and strives to connect her students with authors outside the classroom.  Her classroom library holds over 1,000 books which she lends out to students and… Continue reading GUEST BLOG POST: Writer’s Notebooks: Traveling as a Pathway to Writing More (for You!)

Write: It's good for you!

I almost forgot!

I almost forgot to blog today. How could that happen? Let's see, maybe because today -- It is in the midst of summer and I was playing catch in the yard, eating pancakes with my family, and watching Herbie the Love Bug. I revised the ending chapter of my YA project from 5:45 am until… Continue reading I almost forgot!

conferring · writing

Summer Writing “Blogstitute” Starts Today

Stenhouse's Summer Writing "Blogstitute" starts today.  My post on student-initiated writing conferences kicks of the Blogstitute today.  Ruth's piece on celebrating student writers will follow on Monday, July 18th.  Later in the summer you'll hear from other Stenhouse authors.  Here's a look at who else will be sharing fresh ideas about the teaching of writing… Continue reading Summer Writing “Blogstitute” Starts Today

lee bennett hopkins · poetry · tcrwp · writing

Writers — Real People

Lee Bennett Hopkins delivered an inspiring keynote address, "Writers -- Real People" last Wednesday morning at the TCRWP Writing Institute.  His keynote address seemed to have three parts.  First, he spoke about other authors and how they struggled to get published.  Second, Hopkins shared his background with the audience.  Third, Hopkins talked about the gifts… Continue reading Writers — Real People

holiday · Write: It's good for you! · writer's notebook

Happy 4th + {Discover. Play. Build.}

To anyone celebrating today, we hope you are enjoying all of the good stuff of Independence Day: Watermelon, grilled meals, corn on the cob, and the blessings of freedom. The {Discover. Play. Build.} prompt was inspired by the holiday. It is general enough for anyone not celebrating today to still be inspired. Hop over to… Continue reading Happy 4th + {Discover. Play. Build.}

reflections · reflective practice

GUEST BLOG POST: Patrick Allen

Patrick A. Allen is a literacy consultant and a 4th grade teacher from Denver, Colorado. He is the author of two Stenhouse books: Conferring: The Keystone of Reader’s Workshop and Put Thinking to the Test (coauthor). You can contact him at patrickallen6@msn.com. Randi Allison recently retired from Douglas County School District in Parker, Colorado. She… Continue reading GUEST BLOG POST: Patrick Allen

conferring · strategic conferring

Confer Like a Doctor

I'm taking Carl Anderson's week-long class, Assessment-Based Writing Instruction: Use a study of Student Work to Generate Goals and systems for Recording Progress Towards Those Goals, at the July Writing Institute this week.  Carl delivered an overview of our class on Tuesday, June 28th when he delivered the Keynote Address, Conferring with a Vision, to… Continue reading Confer Like a Doctor

professional development · reflections · reflective practice

More All-Write Reflections

I know I've spent several posts talking about the All-Write Summer Institute. This is because it was BIG! Here are more thoughts and reflections from the 2011 Summer Institute. Unfortunately I'm afraid I've missed some. If so, please forgive me and leave the link to your reflection in the comments. Perhaps you aren't a blogger,… Continue reading More All-Write Reflections