• Jennifer Laffin

The Writing Round-Up {12.19.20}

Welcome to the December 19, 2020 edition of the Teach Write Writing Round-Up, the space where I gather tips for teaching writing and for growing as a teacher who writes.

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Overcoming Writing Roadblocks:

Do any of these sound familiar?

  • You have an idea for a writing project, but don't know where to begin so you just don't.

  • You begin writing then the voice of doubt whispers in your ear and talks you out of believing in yourself and your writing.

  • You begin a writing project full of energy, only to fizzle out after a few days.

If you're ready to stop this craziness and move forward to become the teacher-writer you want to be, then our Just Write It Workshop is a MUST for your January plans. Read more here.




Writing Checklists:

Checklists help students and teachers by identifying clear learning targets for units of writing. In “Different Ways to Use Checklists Writing Workshop,” Lanny Ball gives some new descriptors you may want to add to your checklist collection.



Quantity Versus Quality:

It doesn’t matter if you are talking about pottery, photography, or writing when talking about quantity versus quality. Austin Kleon explains how the frequency of our work, or showing up every day, leads to better results.



Writing in Paper Notebooks:

If you are wondering if you and your students should be keeping paper notebooks in a digital world, then check out Brett Vogelsinger’s thoughts and research on “In Defense of Paper.”



Notebooking in the New Year:

Speaking of paper notebooks -- Join #100DaysofNotebooking founder Michelle Haseltine in Notebooking 101 where you'll learn how to keep a writer's notebook, grow your notebook, and anything else you'd ever want to know about notebooks. (Michelle should know -- she's currently writing in her 88th notebook!). More information about Notebooking 101 can be found here.






January Workshops for Teacher-Writers:



That's all for this edition of the Teach Write Writing Round-Up. I will see you again next time with more tips!




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