Welcome to the September edition of the Teach Write Writing Round-Up, the space where I gather tips each month for teaching writing and for growing as a teacher who writes.
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How and when is a good time to introduce your students to their writer's notebook? Teacher Elisa Waingort shares her plans for kicking off her writing workshop and how she plans to introduce the writer's notebook a little differently than she has in the past. Read more here.
The words we use with student-writers have the power to make or break their writing trajectory. Teacher Cathleen Hutter shares her own experience with a former writing teacher and how she carefully chooses her words to help her student-writers grow into lifelong writers. Read more here.
Looking to invite poetry into your instruction a little more often? Teach Write blogger Christie Wyman shares some amazing resources to help you do just that in her post, Inviting Poetry Into Your Classroom.
If you are teaching online this fall, check out Krista Senatore's post,
"Planning Virtual Writing Workshops with Students" for ideas on how to help students stay connected to writing and each other.
If you have a story about being a teacher-writer or would like to share a writing experience from your classroom, we want to know about it for possible publication on the Teach Write Blog. Get started by filling out this form. Then check out the recent blog posts written by a few of the teacher-writers from our Teach Write Community here.
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“The word become means to begin to be.” Join Jennifer Guyer Jowett as she shares the origins of students’ Smash Journals and their year-long journey to becoming writers in this blog post, “Becoming: Celebrating the Writing Journal.”
What have you learned about being a writer from reading books? In "The Reading-Writing Connection: Lift the Level of Your Writing," Lexi Donohue and Keri Demers give examples of how students use the books they are reading to learn writing craft moves, and they may encourage you to start the practice of reading like a writer.
Back to School: Writing Assessments:
How do you document your students’ growth as writers? How do your students reflect and celebrate their growth? In Beginnings, Middles, and Ends: The Power of Baseline Assessments, Carly Ullmer explains how she uses a baseline, midpoint, and endpoint writing assessment to authentically document how they began the year as writers and how they ended the year as writers and then use that documentation to reflect and celebrate.
It's not too late to join us for some weekly writing time this September in the Time to Write Workshop. Dedicate some time to writing and connect with a wonderful group of teacher-writers doing the same! (Plus, you'll have the opportunity to participate in our monthly challenges, feedback groups, AND contribute a piece to our anthology!) Join us for September here. (HURRY!)