If you read this blog post on this topic, then you know more about how Writer’s Workshop needs to be structured, how easy it is to use it as a framework for teaching writing with different genres and themes, and what the components of the writing process are. In this post, though, we’re going to address some common misconceptions about what Writer’s Workshop is and what it actually isn’t. A lot of teachers feel overwhelmed by the workshop model -- understandably! We all feel intimidated by things that we don’t know much about yet. Also, often, as teachers we forget sometimes what writing actually is in the primary grades (spoiler alert - real writing is not copying from the board or filling in predictable sentences!) With this blog post, I’m hoping to set the record straight on some misunderstandings to help more teachers feel empowered to facilitate it in their classrooms! WHAT WRITER’S WORKSHOP ISN’T Let’s start with what it isn’t first. Then we can end with the empowerment of knowi...
The COVID global pandemic has changed teaching for schools all around the world, and understandably so -- it’s an infectious illness that could spread like wildfire in schools, in particular, if precautions aren’t taken. That doesn’t mean that it’s not hindering how we’ve all become accustomed to teaching, and for something like Writer’s Workshop in particular, it’s a tough obstacle to overcome! Writer’s Workshop is an essential framework for teaching writing in my classroom, so I’m not willing to teach writing another way because I’ve learned how successful it is for my students and how much it helps them grow as writers. That just means that I need to get creative in how I adapt Writer’s Workshop in COVID times! For starters, one of my favourite ways to run Writer’s Workshop is by doing things at the tapis...but unfortunately, social distancing means that that’s not possible for the time being. In non-COVID times, teaching at the tapis is ideal, so keep it in mind for the future! FA...
How many times have you found yourself diving into teaching writing in the primary grades only to be greeted with lots of raised hands and not a lot of actual writing? Probably more times than you can count, if you’re anything like me! This post provides an overview of one aspect of a solution to that problem: Writer’s Workshop! Writer’s Workshop has been a game-changer and a lifesaver in my primary classroom. It’s a way to engage my students in self-directed learning with scaffolding and support in place, and it’s an easy way to keep a structured framework for teaching writing all year round while swapping in different genres and outcomes. It will be a huge help for you, from an instructional standpoint, and it will be a big support for your students, who will need routine to help them be successful. In particular, I want to talk about the components of both Writer’s Workshop and the writing process in this blog post. First, let’s focus on the structure of the lessons and the componen...