Welcome to the October 1, 2017 edition of the Writing Round-Up, my weekly sharing of tips and tricks for teaching writing and being a teacher who writes! If you'd like to get the Writing Round-Up delivered right to your inbox every Sunday, please sign up here.
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For Teachers of Writers
Do your students know how much writing means to you? Kathleen Sokolowski of Two Writing Teachers has an invitation for you to create writing that matters to you and to encourage your students to do the same in this post. Will you accept?
Our friend Patty McGee is back with another thought-provoking article about thinking about grammar as an artistic tool, similar to how a painter uses brushes and color. When you think about grammar this way, it suddenly takes on new importance and meaning in writing.
We all know that when assignments are clear and purposeful, students produce better writing. This podcast from the National Writing Project shares ways to create engaging writing assignments that encourage students to do their best.
How do you gather your students' writing throughout the year? I have found the writing Treasure Chest to be an easy, student-driven way to save writing for reflection, revision, and showcasing. I'll show you how it's done in this post.
For Teachers Who Write
If you write morning pages or are struggling with a work-in-progress, you will want to check out these tips for using your bedtime routine to set the stage for your morning writing. Very interesting!
DIY MFA has some practical and fun tips for getting your brain ready for writing in their article, "Tips and Techniques for Training Your Writing Brain."
Join the #TeachWrite chat group on Monday, October 2 at 7:30pm ET for our monthly chat. This month's topic is "I Am a Writer." If you'd like to receive email reminders of the chat, you can sign up here: www.remind.com/join/teachwri
Join the Daily Writing Project!:
Two weeks ago, I started a daily writing challenge for myself that I call the Daily Writing Project (DWP). Every day, I will choose one word and write about it. It doesn't matter what I write, as long as I write. I am publishing my daily writing on my personal blog, Sweet Writing Life, and to share my progress on Twitter using the hashtag #DWHabit. I invite you to join me and share as well!
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