Chapter and Verso: A Tech Tool for Book Discussion and Low-Stakes Writing Practice

Earlier this month, Rebekah shared how she uses the tech tool Padlet to communicate within and about Writing Workshop. Her post made me think about a tech tool that’s helping me to blend some writing into the deep reading that my ninth and twelfth graders are doing right now.  A few years ago, I attended […]

Writing Workshop Communication: Sharing Student Writing Outside Your Classroom

Publishing is a big part of writing workshop — whether students publish in Teen Ink or through a writing contest or simply by sitting in the “author’s chair” (something middle and high school students still love, surprisingly) and reading their favorite line. But often the school community, administrators, and parents miss these big moments. They just […]

Group Work: Solving Problems and Raising the Level of Discussions

This series is called “Just Like Starting Over” because there are points throughout the semester (breaks, starting new units, abandoning disaster situations, etc.) in which we are given the opportunity to start over. In this series I’ll be asking a few important questions of myself, and in turn, of you, dear reader: what if you […]

Mini Conferences, Major Payoffs: Why You Should Confer About Low Stakes Writing

We are back with another buddy post! The more we talk about what building authentic relationships with our writers looks like in our classrooms, the more we realize we have similar strategies that work with our different populations.  This month we’re tackling low stakes writing and how we use it to create a culture of […]

Books That Move Us: Every Child Can Write by Melanie Meehan

A question I hear again and again is that while writing workshop seems great for eager writers and high-achieving students, but can it really work for students who aren’t natural writers? When I get this question, I emphatically say, “YES!  Writing workshop helps every writer take their work to the next level because it is […]