The Best of the 2017 Writing Round-Up: Part I {12.24.17}

Welcome to the next to the last Writing Round-Up of 2017! Because we've had so many new friends join us throughout the year, we thought we'd take these last two weeks of 2017 to share some of our favorite finds for teaching writers and becoming teachers who write -- just in case you missed anything the first time around.

So grab a cup of cocoa, find a comfy place to sit and let's dive in!

For Teachers of Writers

Why Kids Can't Write:

You may have seen this post floating around the Twittersphere, but in case you didn't please check it out. Our friend Kathleen Sokolowski who is a 3rd grade teacher, co-author at Two Writing Teachers, and a co-director of the Long Island Writing Project, talked with the NY Times about what writing looks like in classrooms today -- and why so many kids struggle with writing.

It's Time to Tell the Truth -- Myths About Writing:

As you return to your classroom, it will be worth your time to stop and think about the stories about writing that run throughout your students' minds (and your mind too!). Certain beliefs, whether true or not, permeate our instruction and our students' engagement with writing. You may want to share this document from NCTE, 10 Myths About Learning to Write, with your students and colleagues so we can get those stories out of the way and do some real writing.

Excel at Editing:

Do your students get overwhelmed with the editing process and don't know where to begin? Maybe it's because they focus on too many things at once. This post from The Robb Review will how you how to help your students focus in on what the edit for which will make their editing more effective and productive.

Make Time for Sharing:

How often do your students get to talk with each other about their writing?