By Ruth Ayers
"Here’s what I’ve been thinking about lately: How do we provide both structure and choice in writing workshop?
"Both are essential to empowering young writers. Structure is necessary to lift the level of every writer in the classroom. Choice is crucial for writers to learn to write with energy and strength.
"Yet they sometimes seem to work against each other instead of with one another.
"Sometimes, in the name of structure, choice is sacrificed. Other times, in the name of choice, structure is forgotten.
"I believe it is possible for structure and choice to live together in symbiosis. I’ve been pushing myself to notice how I allow for both as I lead writing workshops in kindergarten, third grade, seventh grade, and eighth grade. Here is a small list of my initial reflections."