Welcome to the April 14, 2018 edition of The Writing Round-Up, a gathering of tips for teaching writing and for growing as a teacher-writer yourself. Thanks for stopping in!
For Teachers of Writers
Keep Them Moving Forward:
How do you keep students moving forward through the writing process, given that the writing process looks different for every writer? Read "Revision? Pshhh...I Write Best Under Pressure" from Hattie Maguire and Moving Writers.
Poetry & the Writer's Notebook:
Poetry is a keen noticing of the world around us. What better place is there to gather all of those noticings but in a writer's notebook? If you haven't introduced writer's notebooks to your student-writers yet, here are some tips from Ralph Fletcher and NCTE.
Avoiding the Pain of Plagiarism:
Plagiarism is serious business. How are you teaching your students about what constitutes plagiarism and how to avoid it? Read "Teaching Students to Avoid Plagiarism" from Cult of Pedagogy for ideas on this and more!
Managing Conferring Time:
If you'd like to confer with your student writers more, but struggle with managing the time, "5 Minute Writing Conferences" from Jori Krulder and Edutopia will show you how!
It's time to check your grammar. Are you making any of these common errors? See 20 Writing Mistakes Even Native Speakers Make from Grammar Check.
For Teachers Who Write
When is the last time you took yourself on a little writing getaway, a time away from home where you could concentrate only on your writing? The post, "You and Your Writing Deserve the Grand Gesture," from writing coach Ann Kroeker explains why you need to do this and how you can make this special writing date with yourself happen.
Persevering Through Rejection:
Rejection is a part of life. What matters is how we react to it. This post from Debbie Ridpath Ohi details how one of the best children's books (and now a movie!) came about only as a result of the author's perseverance. What is stopping you from writing?
Looking for Inspiration?
Ever wonder how some of your favorite authors find the inspiration to keep writing? The post, "How 50 Famous Authors Find Writing Inspiration" from BookFox. There are some pretty unique ideas on this list. Which one is your favorite?
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