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The Writing Round-Up {11.2.19}

Welcome to the November 2, 2019 edition of the Teach Write Writing Round-Up.

Every week, I gather tips for teaching writing and for growing as a teacher who writes and put them right here all in one place.

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Now, onto this week's tips!

I am a Writer When...

Turn "I'm not a writer" or "I can't write" into a more empowering statement, "I am a writer when..." This would be a powerful classroom writing experience. Read more from the Pennsylvania Writing & Literature Project Blog here.

Peer-to-Peer Conferring:

Looking for teaching tips for building connections that support peer-to-peer conferring? Then you'll want to check out this podcast from Writeable featuring teacher Dawn Reed.

Last Call for November Writing:

The November Time to Write Online Writing Workshop begins this Tuesday night. Would you like to join this weekly writing group? Details can be found here.

Writing Circles:

Writing Circles (similar to Lit Circles) are a wonderful way to build a writing community and to help students deepen their identity as writers. Pernille Ripp shares how she uses Writing Circles to do just that in this post.

Finding New Writing Ideas:

Think you've run out of things to write about? Nicole Bianchi shares five ideas to keep the words flowing in her post, "How to Find Writing Ideas When You're Stuck."

Learning from Fan Fiction:

Fan Fiction has a lot to teach us (and students) about writing. Julie Beck explores more in "What Fan Fiction Teaches that the Classroom Doesn't" from The Atlantic.

What I Wish I Knew...

Join us on Monday, November 4 at 7:00 pm ET for this special #TeachWrite Twitter chat, "Advice for Future Writing Teachers." We invite ALL teachers -- those already teaching and those yet to begin -- to this informative chat. You can sign up for a text reminder here.

Headed to NCTE19?

Come learn along with the #TeachWrite Team on Thursday, November 21 at 1:00 as we present "Teaching Writing is Not a Spectator Sport: Using What We Learn About Ourselves as Writers to Become Stronger Writing Teachers."


See you back here next week for the next edition of The Writing Round-Up.

Write away!


DID YOU KNOW THAT Teachers who write...

  • are stronger teachers of writers?

  • find teaching writing to be easier?

  • can respond to their student-writers with empathy & understanding?

  • find planning for instruction & differentiation easier?

  • are great people to know?

If you are ready to grow as a teacher who writes,

please join us in the

Time to Write Online Writing Workshop

Tuesday evenings this November

More information and registration can be found here.


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