826 Digital for High-Quality, Engaging Writing Activities

The team at 826 has done it again. I know this has been out for awhile but I finally had a chance to peruse the lessons and writing activities available at 826 Digital. This FREE platform has a ton of exciting writing lessons, projects, and “spark” for students in grade 1 to grade 12. Actually, […]

Writing for Authentic Audiences #1: Class Open Mic

Click here for link to Slide Deck: Open Mic Protocol Student writers need to write for real audiences. They simply write better when it’s for someone besides the teacher. I tried to avoid this truth for many years. I have valid reasons for my denial. Having students write for authentic audiences can be challenging. First, I have to find […]

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 […]

Open Mic End-of-Year Writing Celebration

  I am a big fan of blogging, Tweeting, online discussions, and collaborative wikis. However, in the end, nothing feels more special, more like a community of writing, than having students read their work in class. Out loud. No tech required. The type of oral publication I’m endorsing is not a formal process. I don’t think […]

Teachers Are Writers Too

Sometimes if feels a little risky to write with my students. It’s hard. And messy. And sometimes the topics are a little more personal than I would normally share with students. And there are so many other things I have to do! Take attendance, talk to the kid who was absent yesterday, check my email. […]