Establish a "Done" List

Establish a "Done" List

Effective writing mini-lessons always end with a Now-It’s-Your-Turn writing time. But no matter how long a teacher thinks the task will take, there are always students who finish and announce “DONE!” in far less time than anticipated. This rush to...
Communicate Must-Do versus May-Do Tasks

Communicate Must-Do versus May-Do Tasks

Students are to work independently during Literacy Stations and the Writer’s Workshop. They have a lot of freedom and make many choices during this time: where to sit, what to read/write, who to work with. However, some teachers prefer to guide students’...
Make Room to Revise & Edit

Make Room to Revise & Edit

Make Room to Revise & Edit July 25, 2016 | [Writing] FAQ: How do students practice grammar and mechanics if not with a worksheet? ANSWER: Rather than using a worksheet with isolated sentences, it’s better to have our students return to their own authentic...