Welcome to the May 5, 2018 edition of The Writing Round-Up, a gathering of tips for teaching writing and for growing a writing habit yourself. Thanks for stopping in! Be sure to sign up for our email list to have all of our updates delivered directly to your inbox.
For Teachers of Writers
Creating a Rich Writing Environment:
How do you create a space that welcomes and nurtures writing, and thereby creates a community of writers? Our friends at Writing for Pleasure have some reflection questions for you to consider, as well as a nice list of resources for further exploration.
Don't let the year slip away without taking some time to reflect on how your writing instruction went this year. You will thank yourself in the fall when you start the year all set to go! Check out our post, "Reflecting On a Year of Teaching Writing," for some reflection questions (plus a FREE RESOURCE) to get you started.
If you are tired of hearing, "How do you spell ___?", you will enjoy "A Spelling Strategy for Writing" from Mark Weakland Literacy . This strategy can help writers of all grade levels keep moving in their writing instead of the stop-and-go that comes from spelling struggles.
Exploring Writing Identity:
Do your students identify themselves as writers? Do you? The stories we tell ourselves about our abilities directly correlates to the effort we put into activities. Matthew Johnson explores how this applies to the writing classroom in his post, "How to Cultivate Strong Student Writing Identities."
For Teachers Who Write
You CAN Raise Your Creativity:
More research is being done into the realm of creativity and the findings are showing that like intellect, creativity is not fixed. You actually can become more creative! Check out "More Scientific Studies Reveal How We Can Unleash Our Creativity" from Will Burns and Forbes.
10 Things About Writing:
Artist Austin Kleon shares his thoughts on writing in his post, "!0 Things About Writing." Thoughts #3 and #5 are my favorites. How about you?
More Reasons to Write:
Being a teacher who writes builds empathy and understanding for the students we teach. Andrea Marshbank explains more in her Edutopia post, "How Teachers Benefit From Writing".
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