As summer takes over, I’ve realized our routines are shifting with the season. Typically I write for 15 minutes in the morning and again at night. During the summer I write first thing in the morning and usually have more than hour, sometimes stretching into almost three. No matter what time of the year, though, there is a routine to my writing life.
Routines are important for the writers in our classrooms too. It is with a predictable routine that we are able to learn to write (even when we don’t feel like it). Even though it’s summer and routines are shifting, maybe even becoming more relaxed, I think it’s a perfect time to consider some writing routines for your classroom.
First notice what routines work for you as you write this summer. What are the routines you go through for Slice of Life Tuesdays? If you are participating in #TeachersWrite, what are some of the routines that are making it possible to get words on the page?
Second, consider how you can empower students to establish some of their own routines.
For example, maybe you use music to help inspire your writing time. Is it possible to transfer this routine into your classroom? When I taught high school, I challenged students to create writing play lists. In middle school and elementary classrooms, I play music as a way to transition from the minilesson to work time. What are some other routines you’re considering for writing workshop next school year?
And one more thing…