Qualities of a Self-Directed Writer

This summer I’ve been hard at work writing a draft of my new book that is about creating self-directed learners in the Writing Workshop.  Today as the school year begins

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A Close-In Look at Supports for the Writing Process

Greetings everyone! I hope that you are having a great time in your classroom and are starting to look forward to some relaxing summer days! In this blog post I

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Working On Your Own Writing Can Help You Plan Units of Study

I want to share a quick but powerful story that recently happened to me when I went to do work in the Danbury School District.  The reason I want to

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Structuring Your Minilessons to Support Self-Directed Learners

Greetings! In today’s blog post I’m going to continue thinking about how to create self-directed learners: learners who are excited, engaged and continually making decisions on their own. The number

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Teaching Kids to Be Self-Directed During Writing Conferences

For those of you who have been reading my past blogs, you know I have recently been focusing many of them on ways to get kids to become more self-directed. 

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Some Rough Draft Thinking about the Independent Phase of Writing Workshop

Over the past few months, I’ve dedicated my blog to ideas for helping kids become more independent during Writing Workshop. As I’ve written these blogs, I’ve struggled a bit with

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Independent Writers II

When I speak to teachers, coaches and principals, they always say that one of the biggest obstacles to a successful Writing Workshop is creating independent writers. I’m not talking here

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Independent Writers I

Creating independent writers is essential! There are many things that kids need to be able to do in order to work independently during Writing Workshop, but below are two that

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Celebrations in the Writing Workshop

By Paula Jensvold My teammate and I spent the summer thinking and working on our curriculum calendar for the teaching of writing.  We knew that we wanted it to be

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Balancing Planning and Listening

Happy school year to some and almost new school year to others! Over the past few years, I’ve been thinking a lot about the relationship between two vital parts of

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