Welcome to the January 14, 2018 edition of The Writing Round-Up, a gathering of tips for teaching writing and for being a teacher who writes. Thanks for joining us!
It's been a busy week and we've found lots of helpful tips for you so let's get started!
For Teachers of Writers
Going Deeper with Writing Instruction:
Are you a teacher who writes? While it is certainly not a requirement, I can tell you that it sure makes teaching writing so much easier and meaningful. Think about it -- you can't teach someone to swim very well if you never get into the water yourself. This post, "The Importance of Being a Teacher Writer" by Stacey Shubitz for Colorado Reading explains more.
Student Blogging 101:
Looking to try some student blogging this semester but have questions? Teacher Krista Penrod has written a very thoughtful post, "Student Blogging: The Why, How, & What", to walk you through everything you need to know.
Misconceptions About Writing Instruction:
Many teachers teach writing the way they were taught because they don't know a better way. The post, 9 Misconceptions About Student Centered Writing Instruction, from Heinemann will update you on some of the latest and greatest thoughts around student-centered writing instruction. When we know better, we can do better!
For Teachers Who Write
Sharing Our Vulnerabilities:
While this post from Inc. Magazine is not directly related to writing, I feel its message is important for us as writers. Putting our writing out into the world is an act of bravery, but it is one that is necessary. There is community to be found in sharing your struggles, concerns, and vulnerabilities. It shows us we are not alone. Be brave in your writing, friends. You never know who needs to read your words.
Writing Inspiration is a Muscle:
Author Jess Keating knows what it takes to write! Her post, "Jess Keating Notices the Amazing" which appeared in Tara Lazar's STORYSTORM series, will inspire you to build your inspiration muscle by being true to your interests and curiosity. (Be sure to check out the other posts in the STORYSTORM series too.)
Looking for Your Writing Tribe?
Join the Teach Write Tribe on Facebook, a group dedicated to supporting and encouraging teacher-writers like yourself! We offer daily writing prompts (#DWHabit), an accountability check-in in the afternoon, and a community of amazing teacher-writers. Join us!