Category Archives: Writer’s Workshop

Lessons From The Trenches of The Slice of Life Challenge

It’s been a crazy month.  Crazy.  Why?  Because both I and my students have been participating in the Slice of Life Challenge dreamed up by the amazing ladies at Two Writing Teachers.  To sum it up: write everyday, comment on … Continue reading

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Stop Motion Time!

  My Clementine from Katie Muhtaris on Vimeo. I recently made this stop motion video for the Slice of Life challenge and quite a few people were asking me how they might create one as well.  Let me tell you … Continue reading

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Reflections, Directions, and Writing Workshop

I’m writing this prequel to my slice after I’ve finished because I realize that this snippet of my day may make it sound like I’m some kind of strict directions Nazi that lives to stifle children’s innate creativity.  I promise … Continue reading

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I forgot how to teach writing

I had a revelation during NCTE this year, I forgot how to teach writing.  I forgot that in order for students to learn they have to be able to see the writing in their own words, voices, and hearts.  Sometimes … Continue reading

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Taking Time To Write

The Slice of Life challenge is hosted at http://www.twowritingteachers.wordpress.com. I will be blogging my slices on my writing blog Coffee Fueled Musings. Every year I participate in the Slice of Life Challenge hosted by Stacey and Ruth at Two Writing … Continue reading

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We are bloggers!

Currently, each student in my class hosts a blog on Kidblogs.org.  Kidblogs is a safe and easy blogging site for students.  There are various settings that allow the teacher to manage visibility and access. Each child enters his or her … Continue reading

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Poetry on the iPads, Part 2

I have been waiting all day to write this post!  We had another wonderful week writing poetry in first grade.  As I watched my students this week, nearly all children made attempts to compose on the iPad. The children who … Continue reading

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Publishing Poetry on the iPad

We’re in the heart of our unit on poetry.  My students have learned several strategies that poets use including repetition, onomatopoeia, alliteration, visual imagery and line breaks.  This week a few students wanted to draft their poems on the iPad. … Continue reading

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What’s Blogging Got To Do With It?

Ok, bad title I know.  But the content is good.  At least I hope it is.  Today I gave my students a survey about blogging.  It’s the first year that I’ve done blogs from the beginning of the year and … Continue reading

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Finding Flow In the Writer’s Workshop

I think I’ve finally found a good flow with my cycle of receiving student work and giving them feedback.  This has been especially hard in Writer’s Workshop where I’ve been hemming and hawing about which practices to cling to and … Continue reading

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My New Obsession: Pinterest

Yes I’ve just drunk the Pinterest Koolaid.  It’s soooo good.  I’m going to use it to collect teaching resources both technology and non technology related.  Feel free to follow me. : )

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NCTE 2011 Recap: Katie Wood Ray and Lisa Cleveland

On Saturday morning I woke up early to see Katie Wood Ray.  I have been a fan for years and seen her speak several times.  Her session at NCTE did not disappoint.  Katie spends most of her time teaching, observing … Continue reading

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NCTE 2011 Recap: Seymour Simon, Linda Hoyt, Ann Marie Corgill & Ellin Keene

WOW!  The NCTE conference was terrific this year!  I’m still recovering from information overload.  My brain is literally full. Now that I’ve acquired all this new learning, it’ time to process it and actively use it… First, a big thank … Continue reading

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Fifth Graders and Their Intellectual Property

A few weeks ago I launched a list article unit of study in writing workshop.  Our goal was to give kids a highly structured format to follow as they dipped their toe into the magazine writing genre.  As part of … Continue reading

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Thinking about writing with Matt Glover: Part 2

Reading Matt’s book, you’ll find that he does not refer to student writing as fiction or nonfiction.  He recognizes the blurred line in young children’s writing and notices how sometimes books start out as nonfiction and turn into fiction text. … Continue reading

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Thinking about writing with Matt Glover: Part 1

Last December my colleagues and I attended a workshop featuring Matt Glover and Katie Wood Ray.  I’ve followed Katie Wood Ray’s work for several years and really love what she does with young writers.  For several years, I’ve used Lucy … Continue reading

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Sometimes We Find Lessons in the Strangest Places

I spotted this flyer while I was waiting for my Pumpkin Latte yesterday morning.  I couldn’t stop staring at it.  It seemed so…. I couldn’t even come up with a word.  So, I casually pulled out my phone and snapped … Continue reading

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Using Edmodo in Writer’s Workshop

We’re at the beginning of a new unit of study in Writer’s Workshop, list articles.  We usually start every unit by delving into a variety of examples in the genre and creating a chart of qualities.  I thought I’d try … Continue reading

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Text to Speech

Did you know that Pages has a text to speech function?  I just discovered it.  Highlight the text, control click, pick speech-start speaking.  I love this.  Do you know why?  Because I think it would be a great editing and … Continue reading

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The Power of Feedback

How often do you give your students feedback?  Today, as I was reading some poems that my students had hung up in their writing spaces, I decided that I would post a comment on each one with a post-it.   Each … Continue reading

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