Welcome to the June 9, 2018 edition of the Writing Round-Up, a weekly gathering of tips for teaching writing and for growing as a teacher-writer. We are glad you stopped by!
For Teachers of Writers
That was the question I pondered when I guest posted on the Corwin Connect site this week. Read "6 Reasons Why Your Students Should Critique Your Writing" to hear my answer and to find out how powerful it is to let students play the role of "teacher" every once in awhile.
How can you honor students' voice and choice and break down the walls of the classroom to help them connect with other student-writers? Consider planning a Day of Writing, just as teacher Tiffany Rehbein did. She explains how she did it and how you can too in her NCTE post, "Break Down the Walls, and Some Reasons Why You Should Engage Students in a Secondary Day of Writing."
Allan Wright explores the wonder of a writing classroom where the students, not the teacher, make the choices in, "The Quest for Independence Among Student Writers." As you read, please consider how much choice your students get to make. Is it enough?
For Teachers Who Write
Research has shown that when we write down our goals and track them, we stand a better chance of meeting them. If you are someone who enjoys seeing your progress over time, you might like my FREE resource, The Summer Writing Habit Tracker. Make a copy of the file for yourself (File --> Make a copy) and write away!
Judging from our #TeachWrite Twitter chat this past Monday, many of you have some pretty big writing goals ahead of you this summer. If you have a certain word count in mind, how do you keep track? I'm looking for a good word count tracker and found the article, "Need a Word Count Tracker?" from Writer's Rumpus helpful.
Let's face it, sometimes we just don't feel like writing. Ayodeji Awosika has some tips to get you back on track in his post, "How to Write Consistently and Show Up Every Single Day (Even When You Don't Feel Like It)".
Scroll down and read the Advice for New Writers Jon Winokur's interview with author Katherine Howe. It's good!
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