Does this sound like you? You learn a new idea, a new way of teaching, a new strategy and you're all in. You become so convinced THIS is the way to go about things from now on! But, this energy to change everything all at once eventually wears off and you're left with a lot of overwhelming feelings. We have a lot in common if this sounds like you. I love trying new things but sometimes this innovative, open attitude leads to stress and absolute chaos in the classroom! In my years as a … [Read more...] about Want to Get Started With Workshop? Do This One Simple Yet Powerful Thing!
Teachers are busy and don't have time to go looking for mini lessons. If you do have time, here are The Best Places to Find Mini Lessons Online. However, if you you don't have time, like most teachers on planet Earth, then you'll want to come up with your own mini lessons. Now, I know that this article is titled "How to WRITE Your Own Mini Lessons" but I'm going to be completely honest and let you know I rarely actually write my mini lessons down. All I really do is write down is the … [Read more...] about How to Write Your Own Mini Lessons
Many secondary teachers, like you, are beginning to realize the power of running their English classes using writing workshop. Maybe you keep seeing references to it on Pinterest or in Facebook groups. Maybe a teacher friend is trying it and finding success. Or maybe an administrator is pushing teachers at your school to try it. Whatever your reason for being here, this article can help you get started! Writing workshop is a very simple and predictable system that splits your … [Read more...] about The Beginner’s Guide to Writing Workshop
Don't have time to read? Listen to this article instead! I've been teaching writing workshop for four years now with no formal training. Last week I attended the Summer Writing Institute in NYC organized and facilitated by the leading think tank in writing instruction today, aka Lucy Calkins and her incredibly inspiring and talented crew. It is a daunting task to synthesize a life changing week into one blog post, but it is a MUST, so here it goes... Here are the TOP … [Read more...] about Realizations About Teaching Writing
This is a three-part mini lesson series that will help you reach for the truth about writing with your students. Each post will include a mini lesson, not for the faint of heart. These mini lessons are for writing teachers who want to discuss difficult topics that aren't usually discussed in a writing classroom, but that ALL writers are thinking about. We've taught using the step by step approach for too long...It's time to get real with our students about what writing really involves. Here's … [Read more...] about The Truth About Writing Part One