Execute the 3 Parts of a Writer's Workshop

Posted on August 13, 2019

The term "writer's workshop" describes how the writing block or class period is organized. It's a management system that comprises three components--each with a specific purpose.

Balance On-Paper and On-Screen Experiences

Posted on June 03, 2019

As access to technology continually increases, some teachers and administrators question if students should only read and always write digitally.

Adjust Conventions Expectations

Posted on March 05, 2019

As we teach the tools and rules of conventions, it's important to include something more than just the rules. Teach students how to adjust their conventions--to change their grammar and mechanics based on purpose and topic and writing process.

Execute Mini-Lessons in 4 Steps

Posted on March 01, 2019

All whole-class reading and writing skills should be executed in mini-lessons. Identify a single, small skill to teach within each short, 10 to 15-minute lesson. Lessons should be short or "mini" because students don't get better list

Create a Writing Curriculum of Mini-Units

Posted on March 01, 2019

Create mini-units to replace the "mother-lode" approach. This utilizes a spiral-instruction approach where students experience a particular type of writing in multiple, smaller doses.

Build Kid-Friendly Writing Rubrics

Posted on March 01, 2019

When generating a 6-Traits writing rubric for an upcoming assignment, consider building it with your students. Often teachers make a rubric on their own and then "go over" it with the kids.

Juggle Reader & Writer Workshops in 50 Minutes

Posted on March 01, 2019

For the departmentalized ELA teacher who is teaching both reading and writing in a short 50-minute period, scheduling can be a serious juggling act.Ideally, teachers should instruct on reading and writing every single day. However,

Identify Strong Word Choice with the Purple Highlighter

Posted on March 01, 2019

Provide students frequent feedback on their word choice. If teachers don't acknowledge the extra effort students make in selecting just the right word, why would they continue to strive for it.

Stop Editing All Students' Errors

Posted on March 01, 2019

If fixing all their errors meant that students would never make the same mistakes in writing again, it would be worth the time spent to proofread and mark everything. But we know from research that it doesn't work that way.

Explore Bell-Ringer Options

Posted on March 01, 2019

Many ELA classes begin with a bell-ringer task--a short exercise students complete in 3-5 minutes while the teacher attends to attendance. Consider bell-ringer ideas that are faster to assess and that provide practice for recently learned skill.