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Lucy Calkins Discusses the Backstory of Writing Workshop

In this sample chapter from Lucy Calkins' highly anticipated Teaching Writing, Lucy discusses how she came to the field of writing instruction.  (continue reading)

The Power of Talk in a Writing Workshop, K-5

Student conversations about writing, whether with a peer or a supportive adult, can provide powerful support on multiple levels. Opportunities to talk during writing workshop might take the form of rehearsal for writing, problem solving, reflection, feedback, or goal setting.  (continue reading)

Teaching Writers to Reflect: A Foreword from Katie Wood Ray

Some children, no doubt, are just naturally reflective. I don’t doubt that much of Lucas’ thoughtfulness about his work was just part of who he is. But all children— and adults for that matter—can be taught to be more reflective.  (continue reading)

Beliefs That Guide Writing

Getting Started with Beginning Writers is not a script you can follow, of course. But regardless of the children sitting in front of you, and regardless of whether it's the beginning of the year or sometime later, there are very specific big ideas and beliefs that can guide your practice.  (continue reading)

Learning to Value Students' Writing at Every Stage

Learning never occurs in a straight line. Lisa Cleaveland and Katie Wood Ray, co-authors of Getting Started with Beginning Writers, know that this is especially true when it comes to learning to write.  (continue reading)

Ralph Fletcher on The Importance of Choice in the Writing Classroom

Whatever your teaching constraints may be, choice and joy can find a place your classroom.  (continue reading)

Write About History in Writing Workshop and Across the Day, 3-8

As students move up the grades and further in their history educations, they will be expected to write about it in increasingly sophisticated ways.  (continue reading)

Supporting Oral Language Development in Writing Workshop, 1-4

Because of the myriad ways writing workshop and oral language development are linked, it’s hard to tell where one ends and the other begins.  (continue reading)

Positive Approaches to Supporting All Learners in Writing Workshop K-5

Positive Approaches to Supporting All Learners in Writing Workshop K-5  (continue reading)

Using an Editor's Mindset: An Origin Story

In Back and Forth: Using and Editor's Mindset to Improve Student Writing, Lee Heffernan encourages teachers to go from giving writing feedback to students as their teacher, to giving feedback as stude  (continue reading)

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