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On the Podcast: Demystifying the Writing Process with Kelly Boswell

What do we do when students are reluctant to write? The most important thing to remember is that it's the conditions, not the kids.   (continue reading)

Teaching Students about the Give-and-Take of Response

The same in-process response that professional writers receive is even more crucial for children. Learn how to teach children to use the language of writers to graciously give and receive feedback.  (continue reading)

On The Podcast: Katherine Bomer and Corinne Arens on The Three Teaching Resources You Always Have Access To

What makes for a good writing workshop? The answer is less complicated than you might think.  (continue reading)

The Social-Emotional Benefits of Choice in Writing

When students have lots of choices about what they will write about and how they will write it, there are many benefits.  (continue reading)

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)

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