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:

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