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The Writing Round-Up {12.14.19}

Welcome to the December 14, 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!

Writing Through Hard Times:

Kelsey Corter and Rasha Hamid explore how to use writing to help students process difficult situations in "Why We Should Help Students Lean on Writing in Hard Times" on the Two Writing Teachers website.

Podcasts for Writing:

Winter break is a great time to catch up on some podcasts! Here is a great list of podcasts for writers. You will probably pick up a few tips to bring back to your classroom too!

Show, Don't Tell Explained:

We often tell our students that they need to practice "Show, Don't Tell" with their writing, but what does this mean? "Show, Don't Tell: The 3 Most Misunderstood Words in a Writer's Vocabulary" from Writers in the Storm explains more.

Writing Conference Resource:

Pernille Ripp shares how she gets to know her student writers and keeps track of conferring sessions with this handy sheet in her post, "A Simple Sheet for Writing Conferences."

Motivation & Growth Mindset in Writing:

Do you have a growth mindset when it comes to your student-writers? Amy K. Conley explores the link between mindset, motivation, and authentic audience in her post, "Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation & Growth Mindset in Writing" from the Edutopia website.

Choosing Your OLW for 2020:

With the new year comes the chance to choose a new One Little Word. Why not choose a word that can help you move forward in your writing life? Check out my recent post, "Moving Forward as a Teacher-Writer with Your One Little Word" for ideas and suggestions.

Is it Time to Write?

If joining a writing group is on your list for 2020, consider joining the January Time to Write Online Writing Workshop in our Teach Write Academy. Meet with teacher-writers from around the country one night a week to work on your writing -- and never leave home! More info can be found here.


Thanks for reading! Next week, I will share Part 1 of my favorite tips from 2019 as we wrap up 2019 and move onto 2020. Please join me!

Write away!


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