PUSD Writing Project - Volume 1 Issue 17- January 11, 2016
Writing Workshop January Goals
- To implement daily writing conferences using the Research-Decide-Teach-Link format.
- To keep track of daily writing conferences using anecdotal notes.
- To write and share your drafts with your students during writing workshop.
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Chief Academic Officer Dr. Bird opened our institute by explaining how Writing Workshop is one critical aspect of Balanced Literacy -- an initiative he is spear-heading as we move into the 2016-17 school year.
Tamyke and Ella, the CRTs at Norma Coombs and Cleveland STEAM, share their drafts with each other for supportive response.
Ann, Alyson, Jose, and Helen -- district coaches and CIPD Director -- share their writing and learning processes with each other in order to better understand the processes our students experience as writers.
Kristin, the CRT at Jefferson, teaches us about one of the conditions writers need in order to grow -- they need access to a variety of writer's resources and tools in the classroom.
Carmela collaborates with Ella, Kristin, and Lindsey -- the CRTs at Field, Jefferson, and Sierra Madre -- as they share their writing and learning throughout the day.
Elementary Coach Frances teaches us about the importance of using mentor texts as we write and teach writing.
Elementary Coach Debra and Madison CRT Alden study a fifth-grade student exemplar text using the learning progression for narrative writing.
Principal Sandra Kim, Institute Co-Leader, leads us through a gallery walk of narrative units of study -- from kinder to fifth grade -- so we can see and understand the K-5 progression of narrative writing and vertical alignment firsthand.
Sierra Madre and Jefferson CRTs Lindsey and Kristin analyze a first-grade students' draft to determine what the student already knows and is ready to learn next.
Don't Forget to Apply!
Applications are due this Friday, January 15, 2016.
Online Food for Thought
Websites & Blogs Worth Following
- Two Writing Teachers - https://twowritingteachers.wordpress.com/
- Nerdy Book Club - https://nerdybookclub.wordpress.com/
- Read Write Think (NCTE) - http://www.readwritethink.org/
- Chart Chums - https://chartchums.wordpress.com/
- Choice Literacy (some free and some paid here) - https://www.choiceliteracy.com/
- There's a Book for That - http://thereisabookforthat.com/
- Teachers Write - http://www.katemessner.com/teachers-write/
- Read Write Reflect - http://readwriteandreflect.blogspot.com/
- Watch. Connect. Read. - http://mrschureads.blogspot.com/
- A Teaching Life - https://ateachinglifedotcom.wordpress.com/
- The Goddess of YA Literature - http://professornana.livejournal.com/
- Kid Lit Frenzy - http://www.kidlitfrenzy.com/
- TC Reading & Writing Project - http://readingandwritingproject.org/resources
- Growing Educators - http://growingeducators.com/events/
- Heinemann - http://www.heinemann.com/blog/
- Stenhouse - http://blog.stenhouse.com/
- Scholastic - http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/teaching-ideas
Columbia University's Teachers College Reading & Writing Project has a collection of classroom videos on Vimeo that take you inside reading and writing workshops at various grade levels. Check them out here: https://vimeo.com/tcrwp/albums
The Making of How to Swallow a Pig
Important Dates - Mark Your Calendars!!!
Join us for our 2015-2016 Trailblazer Writing Labs! You won't want to miss these ongoing opportunities to come together as a community of writers and teachers of writing to dive deeper into various aspects of writing instruction.
These labs will be held on the B Mondays listed below from 2:00 to 3:30 P.M. Attendance is voluntary. Goodies will be given away at each lab to those who participate. Let's keep the energy alive!
#3 January 25, 2016 ~ Mentor Texts (Location: NCES 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.)
#4 February 29, 2016 ~ Small Group Work
#5 April 18, 2016 ~ Student Work & Resource Share
WRITING UNIT PLANNING RELEASE TIME (see calendar invite for details)
February 16, 2015 ~ McKinley Grades 2 to 5
February 17, 2015 ~ Norma Coombs Grades 1, 2, 4, 5
February 18, 2015 ~ Madison Grades K to 2
Note: If you don't see your school or grade level listed, we're likely still working out the details.
Writing Lab #3
Monday, Jan. 25th, 2pm
2600 Paloma Street
- To energize a community of teachers to explore the teaching of writing
- To develop a deeper understanding of what mentor texts are and how to use them
RSVPs are enabled for this event.