Welcome to the August 25, 2018 edition of The Writing Round-Up, a gathering of tips for teaching writing and for growing as a teacher-writer. Below you will find some great tips from around the web to help you do either -- or both!
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Daily Writing Topics:
In addition to the #DWHabit Word of the Day, you may enjoy sharing Gary Anderson's Daily Writing Prompt with your students. You can find his prompt on Twitter each morning by searching #WNW1819 or by following Gary at @AndersonGL. Gary has also shared past writing prompts on his website which you can find here.
Start with Storytelling:
Begin your school year by encouraging your students to share their stories. Not only will it build connection and community, it sends a message that storytelling matters in your classroom. Read "Building Student Trust By Sharing Stories on the First Day" from Ed Week Teacher for more.
When trying something new with your writing, the right mindset is crucial. When you approach writing in a new genre with a growth mindset, you know that while it may be difficult, you eventually will figure it out. (Great advice for our students too!) Enjoy the "How to Be a Better Writer: Start with the Right Mindset" from Writing Coach Ann Kroeker.
A good story needs a good antagonist. Having one adds depth, interest, and intrigue to a story. (Do your students know this?) Check out "How to Write an Antagonist Everyone Will Love -- and Why You Should" from The Write Practice for tips on deepening the involvement of this character in your writing.
Journaling & Depression:
Feeling down? Stressed? Give journaling a try. Writing about our thoughts can bring new perspectives on our issues and help us uncover things that may have been hiding in the back of our minds. Read "How Writing in a Journal Helps Manage Depression" from WebMD for more.
What's Your Teaching Story?:
The Heinemann Blog wants to know! What inspires you? What advice would you offer your younger self? What professional resource has taught you something new? More information can be found here.
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