• Jennifer Laffin

The Writing Round-Up {1.27.18}


Welcome to the January 27, 2018 edition of The Writing Round-Up!

You may have noticed that we are now delivering the Writing Round-Up on Saturday, not Sunday. This is to allow you more time to read and reflect on some great ideas around teaching writing and being a teacher who writes. We hope you enjoy the change!

For Teachers of Writers

Growing Extraordinary Writers:

What do students need to thrive as writers? What can administrators and teachers do to create a culture of writing? "Growing Extraordinary Writers: Leadership Decisions to Raise The Level of Writing Across a School and a District" by Mary Ehrenworth and Lucy Calkins answers these important questions.

Count Those Words:

Did you catch our post, "Sentence Length: Mix It Up"? It details an easy way you can teach your writers how to add variety, flow, and interest to their writing by varying the length of their sentences. (Bonus -- it can help them find run-on sentences too!

Collecting Writing Ideas:

Teacher and Wonderopolis Lead Ambassador Christie Wyman is putting together a Padlet of writing ideas and lessons and has graciously shared the Padlet with us to share with you! You can check it out here.

Flash Drafting

How do we allow time for our students to practice on-demand writing that is often found on state assessments without taking up the precious moments of writing workshop? Rebekah O'Dell of Moving Writers has a solution -- flash drafting. Read more here.

For Teachers Who Write

Do You Have a Growth Mindset for Writing?:

We are familiar with how important a growth mindset is for learning, but how about for writing? Take a minute to examine your mindset and check out "Improve Your Writing with a Growth Mindset" and the accompanying podcast from writing coach, Ann Kroeker.

Write What You Know:

Are you a student of life? Do you push yourself to learn new things about the things you already know a lot about? Do you do this with your writing? "Write What You Know -- and Then Keep Learning" from The Writing Cooperative has some ideas to push you forward.

Revisiting Your Notebooks:

I am a huge fan of Austin Kleon and loved his post "The Importance of Revisiting Notebooks." If you are someone who keeps a notebook, you may be interested in his suggestions for how to mine them for the stories within.

Chat with Us!

Mark your calendar for the February #TeachWrite Twitter Chat on Monday, February 5th, 2018 at 7:30 pm ET. Our topic this month is "Sustaining Your Writing Life." You can sign up for a text reminder here. We hope to see you there!

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