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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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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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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Using the Common Core Standards to Support the Planning of a Language Arts Curriculum

During the summer, I spend my days running week long summer courses for teachers that address both Reading and Writing Workshop. One of the things I do during these courses

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Reflecting Upon Literacy Work

As June rolls in, it’s a great time to reflect upon your years work in the area of reading and writing.  When reflecting, we often think about what we want

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Writing Units of Study that Align with the Common Core Standards

Many of the schools I work with are trying to create units of study in both Writing and Reading Workshop that align with the Common Core Standards (For more information

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Independence

In my travels many teachers have asked me how to get all kids to be able to work independently during Writing Workshop. Because a story can teach so much I’m

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