Happy new year! Welcome to the first Writing Round-Up of 2018. We are glad you are here!
We are excited to dive back into sharing our favorite finds for teaching writing and for being a teacher who writes. Let's get started!
For Teachers of Writers
When asked "What is the biggest mistake teachers make in writing instruction and what can they do instead?" teacher-author Larry Ferlazzo went to four industry leaders for answers. Read his Education Week article and hear their answers.
This I Believe:
The "This I Believe" essay would be an interesting and fun project for older students to document their beliefs at this moment in their lives -- and then go and look back on it a few years from now. It could also be used as a content area writing piece to demonstrate what students have learned about a topic. Check it out!
Writing in the Content Areas:
The teaching of writing is not supposed to be something that remains solely within the confines of the ELA classroom. Students need to become well-rounded writers. This means that it is everyone's job to teach writing. But how do you get started? Jennifer Gonzales of Cult of Pedagogy shares "7 Ways to Support Student Writing in Any Content Area" to help.
For Teachers Who Write
Writing During the Hard Times:
We write to document life: our ideas, our dreams, our stories. We use our pages to capture the good in our lives and days. But do we give the same attention to those not-so-good days? Writing during the hard times can be very therapeutic and cleansing, but writing is not often the first thing we think of when life gets rough. I challenge you to change that this year. This post, "Why Write During Difficult Times" from Writer Unboxed will show you how.
Writerly Writing Advice:
I love reading advice on writing -- mostly because it shows me that there is no one right way to write. If you're like me, you'll enjoy "Buy a Cat, Stay Up Late, Don't Drink: Top 10 Writer's Tips on Writing" from The Guardian.
Find Your Tribe!
Are you looking for a community of fellow teacher-writers who can support you on your writing journey? Looking for ideas & inspiration to spark your writing? Need some accountability? If you are, we invite you to join the Teach Write Tribe on Facebook, our private group for teacher-writers. Every day, we feature the #DWHabit Word of the Day prompt along with an accountability check in at 3:00 pm CT. Let's grow a writing community!
Make 2018 Your Best Year YET!
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