Tuesday is the day to share a “Slice of Life” with Two Writing Teachers. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here. Thanks to Stacey, Anna, Beth, Tara, Dana and Betsey for creating that place for us to work collaboratively.
It’s back to school time for many teachers this week in Iowa.
What does that mean?
Well, lots of meetings and professional development for one thing. But also the culmination of lots of planning for teachers. Many teachers have been reviewing and polishing their lessons from last year. Others have attended professional development locally or even in such far away places as New York City for the #TCRWP Writing Institute.
What blogs would be good to review now?
The Blog-a-Thon at Two Writing Teachers for the last week focused on building classroom routines for both reading and writing workshops. That link was for Tara’s first post about Writing Notebooks. And here is the recap for the week if you want to pick and choose your topics. What routines do you establish with your students to move them to the “independent” stage? What new routines do you plan to add this year?
What quotes are you going to hold on to as the year begins?
Lucy Calkins: June and August Reading Institute 2014
“To lift the level of reading you are teaching, you must work on your own reading. Outgrow yourself as a reader. Start today.”
“ We are no longer teaching information, but teaching students to sort, understand and make something out of the information that is at their fingertips.”
From Brooke Geller and the July TCRWP Reading Institute:
Richard Allington: “Many of our readers are over taught and under practiced.”
From Mr. Minor at the August TCRWP Reading Institute:
“Don’t slow down for struggling readers. Projects disrespect. Keep pace high with repetitions.”
(All of these tweets were also found n Twitter. Just one more reason for you to check out #TCRWP this week during the August Reading Institute!)
What do those quotations have in common?
What is different about them?
Which two would you choose to compare and contrast?
What are you planning for/ holding onto as you begin this new school year?
Back to School
Excited to learn!
Books on shelves
Books in tubs
Books on spinners
The bell rings.
Students race in.
Eager to tell their stories.