At the start of the pandemic, a teacher friend of mine noticed his students weren’t quite as independent as he thought they were. Students who were working from home, specifically, … Continue Reading How do we give permission?
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Active engagement looks different now than it did pre-COVID-19. One digital tool for active engagement is Pear Deck. Read on to find out how I’m using Pear Deck with my third grade writers!
A child who is experiencing writers block at home might appear to be refusing to write. It might seem like they are simply choosing not to do the work, or that they are being stubborn. But as an educator, I know that there is more to it than meets the eye.
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When this scenario happened to me (years ago), it did give me pause. As a teacher of writers, I am not the conventions police—I have always been the kind of writer who values content over conventions in the workshop. This is not to say I do not teach conventions or have high expectations for their use. However, it would be fair to say that this particular situation challenged me to think about grammar, punctuation, and spelling differently—shifting the way I approached conventions in the classroom going forward.
There is a heaviness to Thanksgiving this year. Yet, after taking stock of the things I am grateful for, I am thankful for what I have.
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Janet Ahn and I share our strategies and ideas for teaching the youngest writers in remote settings.
Small groups are possible through breakout rooms, and just as in the classrooms, they offer targeted lessons for what students need right as they need it. It’s so worth figuring how to keep this important type of instruction happening, no matter where!
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According to the co-founder of Bithiah’s House, a nonprofit organization for foster youth, Michelle Thompson, ” 61% of the population, both adults and children, have experienced at least one form of trauma in their life.”
Composing, Collaborating, Conferring, Conversing: Keeping an Eye on Student Writing During Remote Instruction
Today, TWT is honored to have Jennifer Serravallo as a guest writer, sharing ideas related to student writing during remote instruction.
Time is a precious commodity in elementary schools. Making the time for a daily writing workshop often means that something else has to get short shrift. However, sometimes, the time for writing workshop gets cut by five or ten minutes. Here are several suggestions for what you can do if writing time gets cut.
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Did you miss a series post this week? Just in case you missed a post, here is a round-up of all of the links to our Meet Writers Where They Are November Blog Series.
My strategy for meeting the needs of advanced writers: personalization. Strategic, pre-planned opportunities, set like a vision trap to capture the imagination of each writer. Once caught, these writers can be reeled in to a level of complexity they had no idea they were ready (and willing) to try.
Since the beginning of our school year, our schedule has changed more times than I could count on one hand. Students have come back from virtual learning, some have moved … Continue Reading Behaviors: Meet Writers Where They Are
Have you ever wondered what to do if some of your students don’t understand a grade-level grammatical skill? This post will help you determine how to move those children towards the end-of-year expectations for your grade level.
Today I am sharing three essentials for developing and maintaining independence in a remote classroom.