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Buffy Hamilton: Summer Reading: Cultivating Seed Ideas for Growth in 2017-18

Buffy Hamilton: Summer Reading:  Cultivating Seed Ideas for Growth in 2017-18 | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Having the opportunity to teach a middle school course dedicated to writing for 6th, 7th, and 8th grader learners in 2016-17 was a roller-coaster of experiences and emotions, but more importantly, it was also a time of questioning and growth for me as a teacher and a learner.   There was a good deal of trial and error as I tried out new strategies and approaches, but there were also important insights and questions that came from this experimentation.
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Buffy Hamilton has a new blog!  Read it. She always shares insight that helps stoke the passion to teach and learn. 

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What Happens When You Combine a Writer's Workshop and Makerspace?

What Happens When You Combine a Writer's Workshop and Makerspace? | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

August 28, 2016
By Amber Chandler

Angela Stockman, author of Make Writing: 5 Strategies that Turn Writer’s Workshop Into a Makerspace, has what many creative types can only dream of–a studio.

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Writing and Making go together. Creating a combo writer's workshop and maker's space is a bit of classroom genius. See how it's done!

 

Learning more about Writers's Workshop and Maker Cultture at UW-Stout Online Professional Development!

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Corbett Harrison: Student Groups for the writing workshop (and anything else you teach).

Corbett Harrison: Student Groups for the writing workshop (and anything else you teach). | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Corbett writes: "Interpersonal Learners process information by talking through it, and I accommodate that type of learning every day with my lessons."

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Look here for rock solid advice from a classroom master teacher. 

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Role Reversal: Learning from a Master Teacher

Role Reversal: Learning from a Master Teacher | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

I had a most interesting experience last summer. I have taught college composition for many years, but I had not participated in a writing workshop as a writer for a long time. Of course, I had regularly run workshops in my classroom. But this time, I had written a short, 600-word essay, and it was workshopped (which to those of us in composition means reviewed and critiqued) by my peers as part of a larger in-service on curiosity and writing.

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Writing teachers writing and learning--- a recipe for life long thinking.

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Hack your notebook: National Writing Project Digital Island

Hack your notebook: National Writing Project Digital Island | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Posted by Jillian VanRiper


I started Hack Your Notebook day begrudgingly, wondering why we were allotting an entire day to decorating our notebooks when we had so much more work to do.  What was I really going to learn from this activity?  I looked at the piles of paper and beads and scissors and glue, and gave an inward sigh because it appeared as though we were going to spend time putting cool pictures on our notebook covers.  Which is fun...truly.  I love crafts; and spending time crafting seems like an indulgence when facing my multitude of career and family obligations.  Obligations, for instance, like the portfolio pieces for RCWP that were calling my name, wondering when I would be devoting time to them.  I’d been neglecting them more than I should.  


So when Dawn announced that we would be hacking our notebooks today, I entered the activity intending to finish quickly and move onto something that would be more productive for me, as a teacher of writing.


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Looks like a brilliant beginning of the year writer's workshop project.

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Using Evernote to Confer with Writers ~ Two Writing Teachers

Using Evernote to Confer with Writers ~ Two Writing Teachers | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Today's guest blog post by Cathy Mere will help you jump on the electronic record-keeping bandwagon. Learn how to use Evernote to keep conferring notes on all of your students.

 

"We learn so much sitting beside writers as they work in our workshops each day.  Two years ago I gave up my spiral notebook I used to keep records of writing conference conversations for a digital system.  Saying goodbye to my spiral notebook with tabbed sections for each student was easier than I anticipated.  The time was right.  More and more often I found myself wanting to do more than record handwritten snippets of evidence, thought, and conversation.  More and more I found myself wanting to take pictures of student work or record student voices.  More and more I found myself wanting to link to digital pieces students were creating.  More and more I seemed to have a device in my hand instead of a pen.  After learning about Evernote I decided to see if I could use it as a tool to record notes from across the day.  I found myself enjoying the seamlessness of Evernote. It seemed Evernote was a tool to allow me to capture the learning journeys of the young writers in my classroom.

 

"To begin I created a notebook for each student and then placed them in a class stack.  Each time I confer with a writer during writing workshop I use Evernote.  Before I begin our conversation I glance through the last few notes, watch the work the writer is doing, and wait for an appropriate moment to chat.  For me, it has worked to create a new note inside the student’s notebook each time I have a conference with a writer.  My conferences are often structured like this:"

 

 

 


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Jim Lerman's curator insight, September 1, 2013 1:47 AM

A well documented description of how one teacher has developed her own method to maintain digital notes for all her students in Writers' Workshop by using Evernote.

Patricia Christian's curator insight, September 2, 2013 2:35 PM

Another way to document student writing electronically using Evernote.

Franc Viktor Nekrep's curator insight, September 2, 2013 4:44 PM

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6-Traits Resources

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You Will Learn How to:

  • Enhance student writing by teaching and assessing ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions
  • Build the reading/writing connection using mentor texts
  • Use digital tools in the writing process
  • Use the writing process with multiple ways to teach
  • Prewriting/Brainstorming
  • Organizing and developing a message/drafting
  • Revising/changing, rewriting, clarifying, deleting and regrouping text
  • Editing/grammar, punctuation and spelling corrections
  • Preparing product for publication/sharing
  • Engage students in the art of writing well
  • Develop time-saving assessment and feedback strategies using rubrics
  • Make connections between the 6-Traits, Common Core and writing across the curriculum
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Build your writer's workshop, engage young writers, assess writing instead of 'grading' it. Great online class!

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Anything that lets you connect more with your fellow man is a good thing!
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6-Traits Online: Register Today: Build a Dynamic Writing Program this Year

6-Traits Online: Register Today: Build a Dynamic Writing Program this Year | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Register Now: UW-Stout Online Courses StartSpring: February 1 - March 25, 2016

EDUC 653 Middle School through Adult 6-Traits Writing Instruction
EDUC 654 PK Through Elementary 6-Traits Writing Instruction
Do you want to engage your students and build a great writing program before the end of the school year? This class provides a plethora of practical methods and inspirational ideas. 
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This is the FINAL CALL for a great online course where teachers from around the world share and discuss writing workshop and writing assessment methods.  

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Review by Tyler McBride of Linda Rief's Read Write Teach

Review by Tyler McBride of Linda Rief's Read Write Teach | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Reading Read Write Teach is like sitting down for coffee with a master teacher that you feel you’ve known for years. Linda Rief is full of experience, advice, and inspiration, which makes this book feel more like a conversation than a book..
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Writing Workshop remains a great way to teach. 

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Natalie Goldberg: “I Don’t Believe in Writer’s Block” | Talking Writing

Natalie Goldberg: “I Don’t Believe in Writer’s Block” | Talking Writing | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Some people embrace Natalie Goldberg’s Zen approach to writing; others resist it. But in all cases, she urges writers to dive deep. Author of the bestselling guides Writing Down the Bones (1986) and Wild Mind (1990), Goldberg peppers her conversation with Buddhist references like “sitting with my own mind.”

She speaks of the need to observe your “passing thoughts” in order to get to wild mind: the place within yourself that’s devoid of self-censorship.

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I discovered Natalie Goldberg when I was teaching middle school writer's workshop (back before the turn of the century).


Her mindful methods worked then. They will work now if they fit your vision of teaching writing. 


Think about it.

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Always Write: Sacred Writing Time

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Corbett Harrison:  One of my core classroom beliefs: Students will write every day...in my classroom, we call it "Sacred Writing Time"

It's ten simple minutes out of our daily schedule, but it's become one of the most important things we do in my classroom. We write...every single day...about anything we want. Ten minutes of freedom with our pencils and our imaginations or our dogmatic, pondering brains. There are no exceptions to this ten-minute time allotment. When my students walk in, those who keep their writer's notebooks in my classroom bin pull out those notebooks, locate their sacred writing partners, and sit side-by-side with them. Those students who take their notebooks home with them every day pull their notebooks out of their binders or backpacks, and they find their SWT partners. As soon as class begins, we have ten minutes of silence, and I monitor, making sure everyone's pencil is dancing.

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Do your students write everyday?  Like Corbett, I had a 10 minute 'free write' built into every block during my middle school teaching years at Lake Tahoe.  When I read Corbett's assessment I was back in my classroom again.  


"I assess how well my students have learned to value their ten minutes of "free writing" every day in the following way: if you're doing it right, this is what will happen, not every day, but certainly every week:

  1. Students will audibly groan when the ten-minute timer goes off and ask if they can have extra time to finish up their thinking.
  2. When the timer goes off, students will beg, "Can we share today? PLEASE!"
  3. You will hear a student (in the hallway or during a class discussion) excitedly say, "Oh, I am writing about that the next time I have to do sacred writing."


Fine work going on in Northern Nevada! 

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