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How to Use Small Group Writing Conferences

What do I do with my writers at all different levels?  A few weeks back, I shared a blog post about Writing conferences. I think we can all agree how important Writing conferences are. We’d be hardpressed to find a teacher that DIDN’T think writing conferences are...

Actions & Words: Adding Dialogue to Narrative Writing

You know how sometimes you look around the room at your writers and realize they all have some version of describing their favorite birthday at Disney World, their trip to Pennsylvania, or just a description of their BFF and why they love them so much. As you start to...

How to Conduct Writing Conferences in Upper Elementary

Writing conferences are the most organic way to differentiate your writing instruction. These one-to-one moments give us the opportunity to really see our students as writers and give specific instruction to them on how they can grow as writers. Giving our students’...

How to Bring Craft into Your Writing Instruction

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uI9yf9npYQE&w=560&h=315]   This is the last video in the 5 Part Video Series: The 5 C's of Teaching Writing with Confidence. If you missed any of the first videos, here are your links: Video 1: Confidence Video 2:...

5 Ways to Differentiate for Stronger Writers

  We’ve all been there before.  Most of your class doesn’t seem to have a clue what you’re teaching, but then you’ve got 2-3 students that are sailing along.  They’re moving and shaking in Writing Workshop. They take what you teach and somehow make it look even...