• Jennifer Laffin

The Writing Round-Up {7.28.18}


Welcome to the July 28, 2018 edition of The Writing Round-Up, a gathering of tips for teaching writing and for growing as a teacher-writer yourself. We appreciate you stopping by!

For those of you who are attending the National Writing Project's Midwest Conference in Madison, WI next Saturday (8/4), stop by and say "Hello!" at one of my sessions. I am presenting with Andy Schoenborn and Paula Bourque on The Power of Writing for Authentic Audiences on Saturday, 8/4 at 10:30 am and will be a part of a panel discussion on Being a Teacher-Writer at 1:15 pm.

Now, on to this week's Writing Round-Up!

For Teachers of Writers

Assistive Technology for Writing:

Don't let your students' physical struggles with writing keep them from writing. Check out these assistive technologies from Understood.org to help students who need it.

Modeling Risk-Taking:

If you aren't already doing so, consider making this upcoming school year the year that you start sharing your writing with your students. Students write better when they have a teacher who models risk-taking with their own writing, as explained in "How Telling My Students My Most Difficult Writing Story Made Me a Better Writing Teacher" from David Rockower and EdWeek.

Writing by Hand or by Typing?:

The handwriting versus typing debate continues. Check out "Does Writing By Hand Still Matter in the Digital Age?" from The Guardian for some interesting points to consider.

For Teachers Who Write

Boiling Down Creativity:

Alex Mathers shares ten graphics to inspire more creativity. Which one speaks to you as a writer?

Getting Your Writing Done:

Jeff Goins shares some helpful tips in "How to Really Get Your Writing Done." I am a huge fan of Jeff's work and have found his 3-Bucket System very helpful in my own writing life.

Know Your Limits:

In your quest to get your writing done, are you saying "YES" to too many things? Read "Making Time to Write -- Quitting to Win" by Janalyn Voight for more.

Maintaining Your Writing Momentum:

Join us on Monday, August 6 at 7:30 pm ET for our monthly #TeachWrite Twitter Chat. We will be discussing how to maintain our writing momentum as we transition back to the classroom. You can sign up for a text reminder here if you'd like.

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