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 […]

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 […]