By Janiel Wagstaff
Ever wish you had a mentor teacher on your shoulder to help you teach writing? Now you do! This chapter walks you through the step-by-steps you need to launch a successful writing workshop. Topics include:
• First - Schedule It and Stick to It!
• Second - Get Rid of Self-Doubt—You CAN Successfully Teach Writing!
• Third - Think Balance—A Lot of Writing Should Be Informal
• Inside My Writing Classroom - A Brief Overview
• Setting Short-Term Goals (Day One and Week One)
From the Author: Building Stamina With Open WritingWe begin the year with only about ten minutes of Open Writing Time. As students learn how to use the time and manage themselves, the time increases and builds up to 30 minutes (or more). Again, I draw a parallel to reading here. When I begin guided reading groups, I keep them short as students learn how to use their independent reading time. This ensures success for everyone and also gives a sense of urgency—since the time is short, they learn to get right to work!