Getting Started with Reading-Writing Workshop

This year I’m experimenting with a workshop approach to reading and writing instruction. In my mind, this means three things: Student choice in what they read and what they write. Time for students to read and write in class. Authentic writing tasks—Students write for real audiences and purposes. Logistically, trying a workshop approach means I’ve had to make major shifts […]

The English Teacher’s Summer

We all feel it. That stressful rush to the end of the year, the final push to get grades finished, to write thank you cards, and to craft a poignant goodbye speech to our students. Then, it’s over. Some of us feel a gleeful burst of energy. Others feel vaguely depressed. Most of us feel […]