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 […]

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 […]

Moving Writers’ Top Ten: Genius Hour & Individualized Grammar Practice

As is our habit, we are taking the summer away from the blog to read, write, and recharge. We’ll be back in late August with new content, but for the summer, let’s take a journey down memory lane as we visit our ten most-read posts from the previous school year!    This semester I’m bringing […]

Genius Hour + Writing Workshop: Do-Overs and Take-Aways

This semester I’ve been chronicling my first-ever experiment with Genius Hour and its intersection with the regular machinations of our writing workshop. You can catch up on the other posts in this series before diving into this wrap up!  ________________________________________________________________________________________ Genius Hour, and the school year, are almost over. My students are writing their final […]

Genius Hour + Writing Workshop: This Is How We Blog It

I’m spending the next few posts sharing how I’m using Genius Hour to help kids follow their passions to deeper research, learning, and, of course, writing! You can see past posts here:  Introduction + Context  Finding, Developing, and Pitching Ideas Beyond conferring with students, blogging is the only formal accountability system I am using in […]