Writing Workshop Communication: Screencast Author’s Notes

Screencast author’s notes are the perfect way to build a triangle of communication between parents, students, and the teacher! (And on the very, very most practical level, it gives me a class period at my desk to make sure everyone has submitted a best draft on time while students work!) Here are some resources to […]

Writing Teacher Tech Tools: Wireless Document Camera

In my last post, I discussed how a small change I made to the seating in my classroom affected my day-to-day approach to teaching writing.  Simply moving students into small groups allowed me to see so many valuable opportunities for collaboration in my instruction.  Today, I’m going to talk about the collaborative benefits another small […]

Writing Workshop Communication: Using Overview Docs to Communicate with Students

  Overview Docs help you communicate with every student in your room, but especially those who need support with copies of notes and those who are chronically absent! They also provide streamlined one-stop communication with administrators, parents, and colleagues. Here you can take a peek at a completed overview document from this school year! And […]

Teacher as Writer: Fishing from the Wastebasket

Folks, we are over-the-moon excited to introduce you to our newest contributing writer, Stephen Briseño. This year, Stephen, an English teacher and writer, will be writing to encourage US to pick up the pen (or keyboard) and become writers ourselves. We are SO happy to have him on the Moving Writers team. Here’s his bio:  […]

Writing Workshop Communication: Showing Classroom Visitors What to Look For

  I want to take the reigns of my classroom narrative by showing anyone who visits what successful learning looks like in my classroom and what they can do to positively interact with the learning that’s happening. Essentially, I am communicating my expectations for me, my students, and I am communicating my expectations for them as a […]

Horseshoe to Pods: How Changing Seating Changed my Writing Instruction

  Classroom seating. It’s one of the very first things you consider as a new teacher.  How do I want my room arranged? How do I decide which students should sit next to one another?  You do some research and you ask other teachers what works for them, and eventually you reluctantly settle on an […]