I first heard of the “Heart Map” in 2003 from Nancie Atwell at Walloon Institute in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. I remember thinking it was genius. Then a year later I read the book,… Continue reading
Lynne Dorfman and Diane Dougherty’s new book, Grammar Matters, is for teachers of Kindergarten through 6th grade. It provides lessons as well as grammar references so you can enhance your instruction and get your students excited about learning grammar.
This time of year can be overwhelming, for teachers and students alike. Writing about gratitude is one way to stay present and positive.
This week, we’ve been re-posting our favorite old posts. I always learn a ton from my friend and co-blogger Stacey Shubitz. This post of hers, from one year ago, is one that I just loved.
Back in October, Tara introduced us to her checklist process with students. What I love about this post is that Tara doesn’t have students use a checklist merely for the purpose of checking… Continue reading
Nurturing independence in writing workshop is one of the hardest things to do, and one of the tasks I struggle with the most. Betsy’s post from last May, “How you pull away? Let go of… Continue reading
Learn some tricks for reading the Units of Study, whether you’re new to the units or have been using them for many years.
In almost every classroom I have coached in, kids get really excited about adding text features to their informational writing. They love adding pictures, labels, maps, and table of contents to their writing. But… Continue reading
This week on Two Writing Teachers, we each chose another co-author’s previously published post to feature as part of our very own Throwback Week. I am kicking it off, with a great… Continue reading
Thinking about your demonstration texts this way can give you some inspiration for multiple ways to teach the same minilesson, to the whole class, or to small groups as follow-up.
Sixth graders have short-term memories. Just when I’d thought that I’d nailed down efficient routines, and I was sure that my writing workshop was going to run smoothly for the rest of the… Continue reading
The way I felt about starting my first garden is probably how a lot of kids feel during writing workshop when we give mysterious directions to “add more detail” or “grab the reader’s interest.” The language many of us use during writing workshop probably makes perfect sense to adults–but for kids we need to be more explicit. Teaching just by telling is not enough.
What is the teacher’s role in a conference? What is the student’s role?
Launch a note-taking curriculum with an assessment and a vision of what is possible.