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What does writing workshop look like in middle school

What does Writing Workshop Look Like?

If you’re thinking about structuring your class to include writing workshop, you might be wondering what the writing workshop format looks like. What does writing workshop look like? The most important part of writing workshop is to make it YOURS.  There isn’t a “one size fits all” method.  Adapt and adopt ideas that work for […] Read more…

7 common questions about using writing workshop

7 Common Questions about Writing Workshop in Middle School

If you’ve decided to teach writing using the workshop method, you probably have some questions.  Here are seven questions and answers to help you get started. 1.  What exactly is a workshop class? Remember the story of the elves and the shoemaker?  I think of that story when I think of a workshop class.  The […] Read more…

How to get started with writing workshop

How to Get Started with Writing Workshop

Congratulations!  You’ve decided to adopt a writing workshop class!  Now, you might be wondering:  now what?  Here are some tips to get you headed in the right direction! How Are Your Class Management Skills? Let’s be honest.  One of the most important skills for a teacher is to know how to effectively manage her/his class.  […] Read more…

Here are 11 reasons for implementing Writing Workshop in your Middle School Classroom

11 Reasons to Use Writing Workshop in Middle School

Writing workshop can transform your classroom!  Sounds magical, doesn’t it?  I believe it’s true — and here is why: 1. Real Writers & Real Work Often students feel like they write something, it gets corrected, and…end of process.  In a workshop, students grapple with the entire writing process: revision, determining what they really want to […] Read more…

How to teach students to peer review

9 Ways to Improve Student Peer Reviews

Peer reviews are beneficial to the reviewer and reviewee alike. Students benefit most from peer reviews when a few things are set in place. When one of my teaching friends noticed I was using peer reviews in my classroom, she commented that she never used them.  Why?  “It’s like the blind leading the blind,” she […] Read more…

15 ways to teach gratitude in the classroom.

Ways to Teach Gratitude in the Classroom

You don’t need an advanced degree to know that we can benefit from practicing gratitude.  As a teacher, you are in a unique and powerful position to help your students consider, think about, and practice gratitude. The benefits of developing gratitude (for all of us): improved relationships better health better sleep less stress improve empathy […] Read more…

Three Fun Writing Activities to Charge Up Students

Need to charge up your students?  Here are three quick fun writing activities you can use to engage them at any time.  They are great when: there are 20 minutes before the assembly starts one class gets ahead of another – and you need a “holding” lesson until you can get your classes aligned students […] Read more…

5 ways to teach descriptive writing to your students

Five Ways to Practice Descriptive Writing

As a writing teacher, you probably feel like your mantra is “show don’t tell!”  Getting students to write descriptively is a real challenge.  Here are five writing challenges and prompts to try. 1. Do they understand what you mean by descriptive writing? (and can they find it?) Here is where a mentor text will help.  […] Read more…

How to create a yearlong plan to teach (all the) writing

A yearlong plan will help you teach (all the) writing; it will save you time and energy — and help you remain accountable for what you’re expected to teach this year. The yearlong plan – your map Your district or school may provide you with a year-at-a-glance (yearlong plan) that provides you with quarterly writing […] Read more…

Year-End Project: Upcycled Notebooks

The end of the school year or semester is wonderful and exciting …except for the waste. Rather than having students chunk their partially used notebooks into the recycling bin, have them upcycle them by creating new notebooks.  Students can create their own reading journals! Earth Day was just a few weeks ago, so students just […] Read more…

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