The creative lives we maintain outside of writing fill us up as humans with stories to tell. When we bring this life into the writing workshop, it builds community, and it lays the foundation for lifelong writers who have strategies for sustaining their own writing lives.
As I get ready for the March SOLSC, I’m thinking about ways to support writers when ideas, energy and inspiration waver.
Before summer began, we at Two Writing Teachers planned this blog series, and I blithely volunteered to write a post about the value of notebooks in writing workshop. Notebooks. What was I thinking?!… Continue reading
All of us at Two Writing Teachers are thinking about and planning for summer writing. Summer writing inspiration for our students and summer writing goals for ourselves. Kathleen wrote this fabulous post about using… Continue reading
In these early days of writing workshop, we work on being brave…
Kids do need room to grow. Not only do they outgrow clothes in the blink of an eye, they also grow as readers and writers. This is why we need classroom libraries stocked with a wide range of levels, and it’s why we need writing centers stocked with paper choices.
So I took some time to create a video about the system I created in order to track and reflect on my summer reading. Because I pushed myself to reflect in a new… Continue reading
I just said good bye to a former student (who is now a friend) and her fiance after they had dinner with us. She loves to write and is planning to become a… Continue reading
Earlier this week I wrote a quick write in my writer’s notebook about getting my cabbage patch kid. (Last week for Memoir Monday, I toyed with the So What? of writing about Laney.) I… Continue reading
This summer I heard Penny Kittle speak about using storyboards. This week I’ve tried them out in classrooms. They aren’t all that different from one of the ways I talk to kids about… Continue reading
Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day (link takes you to Wikipedia; here is the official site). Next to Christmas, this may just be my favorite! 🙂 A little known secret is that… Continue reading
With the start of the year, I’ve noticed several teachers having students use their names to make acrostic poems. I was reminded of a post Stacey wrote * about encouraging meaning in acrostic… Continue reading
Fierce wonderings is a term coined by Ralph Fletcher in his book A Writer’s Notebook, which if you don’t have, you need to go straight to Amazon.com & order it! I’ve been privileged to… Continue reading
Now here’s a cool idea for all of you primary teachers who want to tap into the power of writer’s notebooks without each student actually having a writer’s notebook. Plus I think it… Continue reading
Here’s a poem from Ralph Fletcher’s book, A Writing Kind of Day. Writer’s Notebooks My brother Tom says he’s a hundredaire with two hundred fifty dollars in his bank account. Dad’s a thousandaire.… Continue reading
Liza Lee Miller said: Okay . . . here’s a question for you. As a teacher, as a writer, as an artist . . . what is the difference between a Writer’s Workbook… Continue reading
One of the initial writer’s notebook entries I ask that we create in the BWWT (I’m so sick of typing: Beginning Writing Workshop Training) is to think about our past writing experiences. Yesterday, here’s what… Continue reading
Yesterday a fourth grade classroom I work with kicked off their poetry study by mapping their hearts (sans Georgia Heard). Stacey & I did this a few months ago for WNW. This is… Continue reading