"The real questions for writing teachers are, 'How do we help our students develop a repertoire of approaches to writing? How do we help all writers identify problems, solve them, and take charge of their writing and thinking?'"
Writing is a complex, nuanced, and sometimes mystical journey. Ideas take shape in ways we wouldn’t expect—and sometimes they struggle to take shape at all. As teachers, we strive to guide our students through this process—to encourage, support, and challenge them. Now imagine having master teachers mentor you along the way. Imagine being invited to pull up a chair and sit shoulder-to-shoulder as they detail their learning goals for a unit, outline a powerful way to present a challenging concept, or expertly confer with a student?
Join us this fall for our Writing Masters blog series with classroom-tested tips from our Curricular Resources authors on how to improve your teaching of writing at any grade level. Each installment in this series will share author insights and practical suggestions on teaching writing in the classroom that you can use the very next day.
Check the Heinemann blog each Wednesday to see the next installment in this series—and sign up below to be notified by email when each new blog is posted.
- September 2—Laura Robb: Getting to Know Your Students
- September 9—Nancie Atwell: Guiding students to explore their individual writing territories
- September 16—Laura Robb: Planning is the Key to Successful Writing
- September 23—Ralph Fletcher: The Benefits of Keeping a Writer's Notebook
- September 30—Carol Jago: Engaging the Unengaged Writer
- October 7—Ralph Fletcher: Using Mentor Texts With Young Writers
- October 14—Linda Hoyt: Power Writes
- October 21—Carl Anderson: Conferring With Students Across the Writing Process
- October 28—Laura Robb: Zooming in on Conferring
- November 4—Jim Burke: Writing About Life's Essential Questions
To explore more resources by these master teachers and others, visit our Curricular Resources page.