• Jennifer Laffin

The Writing Round-Up {9.10.17}


Welcome to the September 10, 2017 edition of The Writing Round-Up, a gathering of some of our favorite tips for teaching writing and being a teacher-writer.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the #TeachWrite chat on Twitter this past Monday. I certainly walked away inspired and hope you did too! Mark your calendar for our October chat on 10/2 at 7:30 pm ET.

Let's get started with this week's Round-Up...

For Teachers of Writers

New to Writing Workshop?

If you are new to writing workshop and not sure where to start, this list from Edutopia of eight suggestions will help get the words flowing! I especially love suggestions #7 & #8.

Purposeful Pre-Writing:

How do you encourage your students to spend time thinking about their writing before they begin their work? Allan Wright considers how the act of pre-writing has changed over time and how we can use it to be more purposeful in our writing in his post, "Pre-Writing: A Vital Component of the Writing Workshop."

Saving Student Writing:

Earlier this week I wrote about Treasure Chests, a way of creating a portfolio of your students' writing. I also suggested a few ways to use the Treasure Chests throughout the year. If you missed this post, you can read it here.

For Teacher-Writers

How Writing Affects Your Brain:

There is now researched proof that writing is good for us! "Your Brain on Writing" from the Institute for Writers will tell you the many ways that writing is good for us! (Share this one with your students too!)

Making Time for Writing:

Now that you are settled into a new school year, it's time to think about your writing again. This post, "Teacher as Writer: How Can We Make Time for Writing?" from Lynne Dorfman will inspire you to return to the page. As she says in her post, "Writing is a way to tell your story. Each day is a new page to write on."

Beginnings:

You are invited to participate in the #TeachWrite Chat's Invite to Write! This month's theme is BEGINNINGS. What inspires you to begin? What are you wanting or needing to begin? How do you begin your school day, writing workshop or daily writing time? Write about it and link up your post to the #TeachWrite Chat's blog here. Then, visit the links of other's who have shared their writing and leave some comment love.

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