Managing a book club unit is tough! Some teachers may feel so overwhelmed by all the moving pieces that they avoid book clubs altogether. This is completely understandable. During a book club unit, students are reading different books, analyzing a wide range of literary elements and many discussions are happening all at the same time. Some students may struggle to understand the book, some may zoom past their group and finish their book early. How do we manage all of this? In the latest … [Read more...] about My Best Tips for Managing a Book Club Unit
We all have resistant writers in our classrooms. This is a fact of teaching life. In the video below learn 13 different ways that you can help resistant writers become much more motivated. Not all of these ways will work. You need to try different combinations with different students until you've found the key to unlock your students' motivation! Below the video, you will find some more resources related to this topic. Related Resources Supporting Writers At All Levels My Students Don't … [Read more...] about 13 Ways to Motivate Resistant Writers
I get a lot of emails every week asking a wide range of questions. One question that seems to come up over and over again is, what does workshop actually look like in a secondary classroom? Here's the simple answer: workshop can look however you want it to look. You could choose to do workshop every day, once a week, for a month or for six months and then quit! It's really up to you! It can look how you want it to look. That's the beauty of being a teacher. We get to decide how our classroom … [Read more...] about What does workshop actually look like in a secondary classroom?
Kids love to talk to each other, they are human and humans are social! In a classroom of thirty plus secondary students how can we balance allowing that innate need to talk with maintaining a quiet, productive atmosphere? The answer: noise levels. If you are a middle or high school teacher you may be thinking...this is way too elementary for my students. My response is...just give me a chance here:) If you go about teaching noise levels in a logical, respectful and caring way your … [Read more...] about Noise Levels in the Workshop Classroom: What They Are, How to Teach Them & How to Hold Students Accountable to Them
Teaching writing is so hard! There are many reasons why, but one of the main reasons is distracting student behavior! With a plan in place, your ability to handle the distracting student behavior can improve. No matter what though, it is important to realize that students are people who don't necessarily value what you, the teacher, values. For most students, writing is just not a priority. So, it's our job to approach students positively, to convince them of the value of writing and … [Read more...] about 5 Common Distracting Student Behaviors During Writing Workshop & What to do About Them
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
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 names. The last activity, "record names" ended up being brilliant. Originally, I just planned to record names of students who felt … [Read more...] about What I’m doing the very first day of school might surprise you…and why you should try it too.
Don't have time to read all of this?!?! Listen below:) 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 less! The thing we need to remember is that … [Read more...] about My Students Don’t Write During Writing