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.

first day · writing · writing workshop

Begin the writing workshop year by writing on “Day One”

This year, I’m reaching back into habits of old and carving out time to write during that first day. Here are some things I will keep in mind...

back to school · community · first day · writing workshop

Going “Back to School”

Some teachers have been back to school since August 1st, while others head back after Labor Day.  By looking through our site stats I've noticed a lot of people are searching for terms that relate to the beginning of the school year.  Therefore, I thought I'd take a few minutes to point you to some… Continue reading Going “Back to School”

back to school · community · first day · writing workshop

Getting Ready to Go “Back to School”

Some teachers are enjoying August without a care in the world, while others are at the bitter end of their summer vacation.  Therefore, I thought I'd take a few minutes to point you to some "back to school" posts we've written through the years in order to help you get ready for the school year.… Continue reading Getting Ready to Go “Back to School”

early childhood · first day · reading

Book Suggestions for Kids Who Are New to School

My neighbor's son is starting Kindergarten this month.  Even though I've only known him for a little over a year, I'm delighted for him since this is an exciting time in a young child's life.  Two books recently crossed my desk that I've thought worthy of sharing with him before he starts Kindergarten.  If you… Continue reading Book Suggestions for Kids Who Are New to School

poetry

First Day of School Poem for 2008-09 School Year

I've decided to share the poem that has been on my door, since my first year of teaching, with my students this morning. It's by Jeff Moss and is called "On the Other Side of the Door." I love, LOVE, L-O-V-E this poem for so many reasons. First, it lets kids know that they'll be safe… Continue reading First Day of School Poem for 2008-09 School Year