The Writing Round-Up {10.13.18}

Welcome to the October 13, 2018 edition of The Writing Round-Up, a gathering of tips for teaching writing and for growing as a teacher-writer. Thanks for stopping by!

We've found some great tips this week so let's get started!

Student Writing Contests:

Now is the time to start thinking about writing contests for your student writers. We Are Teachers has compiled a list of 2019 writing contests for student-writers of all grade levels to help. Early elementary teachers, check out the Be a Famous Writer Contest.

What's Not to Fear?:

Earlier this month, we chatted about our writing fears at our monthly #TeachWrite Twitter chat. Think writing fears don't affect your writing life? Have you ever experienced any of these?

Authors Fear Writing Too!:

The thing about having fears about our writing is that we think we are the only ones who do. Not true! Check out "How 7 Famous Writers Cope With Their Fear of the Blank Page" from Writers Write.

Keeping an Instructional Journal:

Erika Romero shares a different way to use a teaching journal that will make your teaching life so much easier for years to come in her post, "Keep Organized: The Top Five Benefits of a Teaching Journal."

Let Them Have Choices:

Allowing students to have choices in their writing lives is important to their growth as a writer. But how can we build opportunities for choice into our writing instruction? Rebekah O'Dell and Moving Writers share some helpful tips in, "Writing Workshop 101/201: Choice" and "