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!
Teaching writing is tough and differentiating writing instruction is tougher! Student writers have so many varying needs. What do you do when Steven can crank out a well organized, thoughtful literary essay in twenty minutes and John can barely write a paragraph? What do you do when Cindy says she is confused about how to develop a claim and Sarah says she needs help organizing her essay? This situation can be super overwhelming when 30 plus students are demanding your help or maybe five … [Read more...] about 5 Simple Ways to Differentiate Writing Instruction in the Middle School Classroom
Writing conferences are the toughest part of the writing workshop class. If you are new to writing workshop don't worry too much about the conferring at first. Just do your best to roam the room while students write with quick tips and encouraging statements. What is conferencing, really? Conferencing is supporting writers while they are writing. It is differentiation at its finest. It is challenging and takes lots and lots of practice! It is essential to support all your … [Read more...] about Get Writing Conferences Right