Hey all! My school will be implementing a reading/writer's workshop next year for all grades. I teach 7th grade and the middle school is focusing on Nancie Atwell's methods. I've done a little reading on her writing workshop, and I'm incredibly overwhelmed. I've never taught in an environment where there are reading and writing workshops, so I'm trying to picture it in my mind while reading up on these. For those of you that teach the workshops at the middle school level, could you answer a few questions for me? It would really help me out! Do you conduct the reading/writing workshop on the same day? Or is it broken up throughout the week? Where the heck do you get your mini lesson ideas from? I have no clue where to even start. How do you conduct the conferencing sessions? What do you talk to the kids about? Should the reading workshop correlate with what the kids are learning in the writing workshop? As you can see, I'm beyond confused! I just wish I could see a middle school teacher model this...I learn better that way! Thanks in advance for any insight you can give me!