The purpose of this blog is to provide a space to share teaching ideas that deal with writing - K to 12.
Recently, I have been working in schools, implementing the Calkins' Units of Study that are aligned with the CCSS. This program and the rubrics that accompany it are often used as a framework to meet proficiency guidelines.
I will continue to post articles that support these processes.
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Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Welcoming the New School Year!
I have mentioned the writing lesson of the month on numerous occasions. I encourage you to take a look at the following invitation and join them. The information they share is excellent for classroom teachers. They include lessons that are easily adapted for individual classrooms.
...sharing thoughtful, teacher-built lessons your students will love!
A message to all members of Writing Lesson of the Month Network
In June, we announced our selections for WritingFix's 2010-2011 "Mentor Text of the Year" Program. The texts that you helped us select by voting dictated a year-long theme that we're challenging our local Nevada teachers with, and we hope to challenge teachers worldwide too. This year's theme: "The Year of Writer's Notebooks."
Next Wednesday, with the posting of September's "Lesson of the Month," our "Year of Writer's Notebooks" will officially begin; you'll understand why that particular lesson launches the year's theme when you see it!
In the meantime, be sure to visit our Mentor Text of the Year Homepage at WritingFix (http://writingfix.com/classroom_tools/MTY.htm) if you have a free minute. The webpage invites you--if you obtain the books and find ways to use them during this year's writing instruction--to create a write-up of something successful you implemented and post it where it can be shared with other teachers. Our favorite ideas will actually become part of the WritingFix website, and the teachers who shared them will be sent a complimentary copy of one of the NNWP's Print Publications (http://www.unr.edu/educ/nnwp/publications.html)
A lot of teachers (from everywhere) contact us over the summer, saying they were excited to participate and plan to share, and we hope this e-mail encourages others to join us with this attempt-at-building-a-better-teacher network that's focused on writing instruction.
I hope those of you just coming back this week had a great summer.
I hope those who've now been back for a number of weeks are already talking about writer's notebooks with their new batch of writers.
I hope those with a week or two left do something that gives you the energy to come back and be an even better writing teacher this year.
Thanks for continuing to share WritingFix with your students and colleagues!