For the past few weeks, the students in our school have been working on their Brainworks projects. Brainworks was created many years ago by one of our teachers who wanted to develop a way for students to show their learning by demonstrating through a project that is based on the way their brain works. We
Category Archives: Writing
A few weeks ago, I spent my Saturday at a workshop where we studied the developmental stages of writing in early childhood. David Matteson was our presenter. I have enjoyed reading his books, watching his videos and studying his work for the past year or so, and I was thrilled to actually be learning from
There wasn’t always this much joy in Writer’s Workshop. I remember our first team meeting (called MTI), back in September. We were talking about our classes and I shared that I felt my class was filled with terrific students, but that I hadn’t found their passion yet. During work time, kids just didn’t seem excited.
Yesterday, I shared a little about our Writer’s Notebooks in first grade. Here’s another little glimpse. We spent some time browsing through magazines. The kids cut out pictures of things/people/animals that they might want to use in their future writing. They added labels, helping to remind them of the important aspects from their pictures. Some
I’ve always been fascinated with Writers’ Notebooks. I love hearing about the way authors use their notebooks to hold ideas, titles for future stories, beginnings for possible sentences, or even just words that fascinate them. The most amazing workshop I’ve attended about keeping a Writer’s Notebook was given by Ralph Fletcher. (He’s the writer’s workshop