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The BEST of 2018 Writing Round-Up {12.29.18}

Welcome to the December 29, 2018 edition of The Writing Round-Up, a gathering of tips for teaching writing and for growing as a teacher who writes. This week, we are taking a look back at 2018 and sharing some of our favorite tips from this past year.

So settle in with a mug of something warm and your notebook and get ready to have some fun!

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Now, on to the tips!

Writing Workshop or Writer's Workshop?:

As you look to begin a new year, consider what you call the time of day when your students write. Check out "Writing Workshop vs. Writer's Workshop" from Brian Kissel and ILA to learn the important difference between these two phrases.

It's Okay to Write Poorly:

Before you can find your creative genius, you need to create -- A LOT! That means that we will not always like what we write, but we can't give up. Check out "How to Be a Creative Genius" from Alex Mathers for more on this. When you think like this, failure is not even a possibility!

Building Truly Independent Writers:

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?

The Process is Not Always Pleasant:

Being a writer -- and writing -- is not always sunshine and rainbows, but it must go on. Author Jeff Anderson explores his process for writing in "Slippery Things: The Process is Writing" which he wrote for the Two Writing Teachers' Author Spotlight series this week.

Shift of Mindset:

The Go Teen Writers website shared a great post to demonstrate three ways to shift your mindset to find more success as a writer. This is great information for both teachers and students.

Creative Peer Conferencing:

If you are looking for some different ways to approach peer conferencing, the We Are Teachers article, "5 Peer Conferencing Strategies That Actually Work" has got you covered.

The Discipline of a Writer:

I came across the post, "Writing Daze" on the website, Writer UnBoxed, and was mesmerized by the story of John Steinbeck's journey to writing and publishing The Grapes of Wrath. Seems he, too, had doubts in his writing abilities.


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10 Podcasts about Writing:

A commute is the perfect time to tap into the power of podcasts. Penn & Paper have compiled a list of their 10 favorite podcasts to make you a better writer. (I really enjoy the Create-If podcast on the list and also find Ann Kroker's podcast very helpful.)

Encouraging Persistence:

How do we help our students develop grit and persistence when it comes to writing? Kate Sjostrom shares three tips in her post, "Encouraging Persistence in Writing" from Writers Who Care. I especially agree with tip #2!

What's So Funny?:

Do you remember watching Seinfeld? Jerry kept his audience laughing with his keen observations of every day life. Kind of like what writers do, right? Check out "7 Things We Can Learn From Jerry Seinfeld About Writing" from Justin Cox and The Writer's Cooperative.

Notebook Power:

The writer's notebook is an essential tool for writing. How can writers use their notebook to hold the treasures of life that may some day become stories? "Yes, to Notebook Keeping" from Amy Ludwig Vanderwater will explain.