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Assignments as a Window on Our Work

In The Six Academic Writing Assignments, author Jim Burke aims to help better understand that nature of the academic writing assignments we give our students through the examination of these six different types of assignments we already give in one form or another.  (continue reading)

Conferring to Receive and Give Feedback

Feedback is key to student learning. Since writing conferences are conversations between students and teachers, they provide opportunities for two types of feedback: student to teacher, and teacher to student.  (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)

The Six Academic Writing Assignments We All Use

The six types of writing assignments represent the way we really work, the assignments we actually give, and what we can ask students to do within the constraints of time, class size, student needs, and available resources.  (continue reading)

How Making Books Helps Writers

Before you get started on your journey of making books in writing workshop, there are a few things you need to know about the practice.  (continue reading)

On the Podcast: Creating User-Oriented Assignments with Jim Burke

Today on the Heinemann Podcast, does the design of an assignment impact the quality of a student’s work? Jim Burke is the author of The Six Academic Writing Assignments: Designing the User’s Journey.  (continue reading)

Inviting Students to Talk About Their Writing

Begin conferences by asking students an open-minded question that invites them to talk about what they're doing as writers.  (continue reading)

Balancing Volume & Writing About Reading, 3-8

Most reading workshop experts suggest that students spend no more than 10% of their reading time writing about reading. During the other 90% of reading time, students should be reading, engrossed in books they can read with a high level of accuracy in order to achieve the kind of reading volume that leads to maximum growth.  (continue reading)

What Is a Writing Conference?

When you ask the question, 'How’s it going?' at the beginning of writing conferences, you’re doing much more than inviting students to talk about what they’re doing as writers. The question initiates your relationship with each student and deepens each of these relationships.  (continue reading)

Supporting Reluctant Writers, Grades K-5

Writing can be terrifying: a blank page holds the potential of failure. Writing can be difficult: a pen can presents challenge with letter formation and grip. Writing can be intrusive, especially when the expected topic is one’s life.  (continue reading)

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