I let students socialize the first day of school. Read on to find out why... After reading this important article by Write On with Miss G (which I highly recommend you read), I thought back to my first day of school, last year. Here's what's written in my plan book 8/14/2017: introduce self, read My Name by Sandra Cisneros, go over routines/procedures and record … [Read more...] about What I’m doing the very first day of school might surprise you…and why you should try it too.
So, some of your students aren't writing during writing? Maybe they are just sitting there staring off into space. Or maybe they are sneaking onto their phone, they'll probably tell you they were looking up a word on thesaurus.com. Or maybe they are whispering with a friend, about...who knows what? It is aggravating, isn't it!?! You work so hard and these rascals could care … [Read more...] about My Students Don’t Write During Writing
This article outlines exactly what I did to launch both reading and writing workshop in my classroom. If you are an English teacher wanting to teach using the writing and reading workshop model, then this post is exactly what you've been looking for! You'll find my exact lesson outline for 14 total school days. Students will get to know each other, you'll build a writing … [Read more...] about Launching Writing Workshop: The First 14 Days
Welcome back! This is part three of a series revealing the truth about writing with mini lessons! In each blog post I provide a mini lesson you can use with your class to discuss topics all students think about but rarely get the chance to talk about in their writing classrooms. Click part one & two below if you missed them... Part One: Why Your Writing … [Read more...] about How to Support Your Writing Haters
Teachers are masters of winging it. We are resourceful when put on the spot, it's what makes this profession an art. Not only are teachers resourceful they are inventive, they have personality, values, ideas, passions, and creativity. All of this has a huge impact on the subjects we teach and will always seep through the required curriculum and standards, rightfully so! So what … [Read more...] about 5 Essentials for Writing Workshop