There are no words.
There are no words.
How does sharing fit into your writing workshop routine? Find tools and ideas to put sharing on your priority list of daily rituals.
First drafts usually contain the words anybody can write. Revision is the key to crafting writing that sounds just like you.
Now I know different. I know that all writers hear that voice. All of us. Here was my message to the 6th graders: All writers have an inner critic. Acknowledge yours. And KEEP WRITING.
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A quick, down and dirty, overview of shared writing and how it might support your students.
What is your writing routine? Find some advice and tools to assist you in developing a routine that works for you and your students.
It’s that time of year in many of our classrooms: that restless time between Thanksgiving break and winter recess. I mark my kids “present” every day, but I know that most of them… Continue reading
Two of the sessions I attended at NCTE in Boston helped me think about ways two digital tools could be meaningfully integrated into early childhood and elementary school classrooms to engage young writers. The “Exploring Collaboration of Multimodal Literacies in Early Childhood: Digital Filmmaking, Designing, and Co-Authoring” panel discussed the way digital video cameras could enhance learning, while two of the presenters in “Writing Workshop Is for All Students: Using Visuals, Oral Language, and Digital Tools to Maximize Success and Independence for English Language Learners” suggested the incorporation of digital cameras.
The teachers noticed that several parents had written comments such as, “Great story, but you need commas” or “Nice job. Fix your capital letters.” We wondered how to help parents understand that this writing was not meant to be perfect or polished. As teachers, we talked about the kinds of comments that would help nudge these kids as writers.
There’s a reason for second and third editions of really great books–a writer’s work is never done, and is certainly never, ever perfect.
Thinking about writing a poem? A poem full of Thanksgiving is a great place to start.
copyright: Bill Watterson – Calvin and Hobbes This is pretty much how Josh felt when I pulled my conferring stool up next to his desk yesterday and asked, “So, how’s it going?”… Continue reading
“This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until its done. It’s that easy, and that hard.”
― Neil Gaiman
I returned from three wonderful days at the NCTE Annual Convention in Boston late last night. I learned from authors, poets, classroom teachers, literacy coaches, PhD students, university professors, and other literacy leaders. Here’s a sampling of some the things I gleaned at this year’s convention.
The idea of description and detail has been on my mind since that conference with Kevin. When might writers pause in their narrative to describe with rich detail?