Tips, Titles and Tools for Teachers

Resources for Writing Workshop

Thank you for two weeks of incredible instructional team days! I learn so much from each and every one of you!

In the chaos of parent conference season and the implementation of a new writing program, I think we all need to remember the importance of the word YET. This three letter word is so powerful to share with our students and to remember ourselves. There are many things are students don't know how to do YET, but this will be a year of learning. I know we many not feel comfortable with the script and pacing in Units of Study YET, but there is no doubt that we are supporting students at becoming stronger writers. We are all in this together!

For those of you who missed the instructional team days, take a minute to watch this fun video from Kid President!

Happy Writing,


Resources to Support Units of Study

Intentional Talk With Writing Partners - I highly recommend this blog post on tips, charts and structures for successful writing partnerships.

Students and Goal Setting - Check out this great routine for goal setting with students, even in the primary grades.

Thoughtful Feedback - Great reminders on three ways to give feedback:

1. Tell how the writing made you feel.

2. Say something you noticed about the writing.

3. Make a personal connection to the topic.

Reminders About Small Group Instruction - A short blog post with some great tips for managing small writing groups.

Getting Writers Excited To Write - A great blog post for primary teachers on the importance of helping our students understand that writers are storytellers.

November is National Picture Book Month!


Jillian Heise is an advocate for reading a picture book a day in her middle school classroom. She has an awesome blog post with photographs of her bulletin board tracking her #classroombookaday for an entire school year. Check it out here!

Maybe you are feeling overwhelmed with thinking how can I find time for reading a picture book once a day for the entire year.... Start with the goal of reading a picture book everyday during the month of November. I think you will see a big impact with all of your student readers.

If you are on Twitter, you can follow the hashtag, #classroombookaday for great picture book recommendations. Better yet, ask your school librarians for recommendations! We have a set of almost 50 new picture books in my space at Atwood and our book room at Williams is full of picture books. I'm always willing to recommend books, too!

Best Picture Books of 2016 from Publishers Weekly will have more recommendations for you!

Here are some Caldecott contenders for 2017 from John Schu and Colby Sharp. I would love to get my hands on all of these books!

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Shelly Moody

Instructional Coach, K-5

Williams Elementary School

Atwood Primary School