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The Writing Round-Up {8.11.18}

Welcome to the August 11, 2018 edition of The Writing Round-Up, a gathering of tips for teaching writing and for growing as a teacher-writer yourself. Thanks for stopping by!

You may notice that things look a little different around here. We make no secret of our belief that teachers who write make the best teachers of writers. With this in mind, we are now combining our weekly tips into one category, instead of separating them into "For Teachers of Writers" and "For Teachers Who Write." We hope you will find something helpful in ALL of our Writing Round-Up tips!

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

Notebooks: Paper or Digital?

Teacher Michelle Haseltine knows a bit about notebooks. She should -- she has just begun her 77th notebook! Check out Michelle's post, "Why Notebooks?" for some interesting thoughts on keeping a written record of your thinking.

Banish Procrastination:

How many excuses can you come up with to avoid writing? How about your students? Read "How to Write a Book Without Losing Your Mind" from Olga Khazan and The Atlantic for tips on moving past excuses (which are really procrastination) to get your writing done.

A Brave Beginning:

"How Big is Your Brave?" from Corbett Harrison is a fun beginning-of-the-year writing project that can help you start to build a classroom community and get to know your students.

Write Beside Them:

This year, make a pledge that you will write alongside your students. There are many, many benefits to doing so as detailed by Lanny Ball in his Two Writing Teachers post, "This Year I'm Going to Write Alongside My Students." Such great advice and tips to make us ALL writers!

Writing and Working:

As the new school year closes in on us, some of you may be wondering how you will ever find time to keep up your writing habit while you work. Check out Ann Kroeker's podcast, "How to Write When You Work Full-time" for some inspiration.

Make a Writing Date:

Make a commitment to your writing and join us for the Teach Write Academy's Time to Write! Accountability Workshop. We will meet every Wednesday night beginning 9/11/18 for some dedicated writing time and connection with other teacher-writers. More info can be found here.

Should We Plan Ahead?

In these days before the school year begins, it is tempting to start planning our writing lessons for the upcoming weeks. This year, why not wait and let your students show you what they need? This post from Allison Marchetti and Moving Writers will show you why this is important and share some tips on what you can do while you are waiting to meet your writers.

That's all for this week!

Write away,


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