Writing Workshop

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  1. pwhatley

    pwhatley Maven

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    Tell me about your writing workshop time, please! I am currently attending a workshop (The wonderful world of writing - teaching writing in the primary grades), and it is geared toward a workshop approach. Since I've never done a workshop (reading or writing), I need help!
     
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    The basic framework:

    Start with everyone gathered on the floor, you at the easel.
    -Mini-Lesson (teaching one explicit point - connecting it with what they have previously learned)

    -Active Engagement (the kids actively participate... they could just be sharing an idea with a partner, or helping you edit a story..depends on what minilesson is about)

    -Link to Independent Writing - bring back the teaching point and restate how they can use it while writing to (and every day for the rest of their lives, lol)

    -Independent Writing- (they go back and write independently. At this time you are walking around and conferring with writers. If you notice a few people all needing help in a certain area, it is okay to pull a small group, however most of the time is spent with 1-1 conferring.)

    Share- gather back together and have a quick share time (whether it be a partner share, or you share something you noticed.. you will not want to let everyone share-it will take too long and be ineffective)
     
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    My writing workshop follows the same structure each day.
    10-15 minute Mini Lesson where I teach a focused lesson. It is typically based on the kind of writing we are doing, but can also include grammar, punctuation, and in the beginning of the year, on procedures (how to get your writing folder, using a stapler, writing your name and date on the paper, where and how to get extra paper, where you can write, ideas etc.)
    20-25 minutes Independent Writing (Although later in the year it grows to about 30) I observe and conference with children individually and sometimes pull small guided writing groups if I notice children needing assistance with a specific skill etc.
    Mid way through I stop and either teach something that I have noticed kids not doing, or point out something that a child or children have done that is what good writer's do.
    5-10 minutes End of Workshop Share- I have 2 or 3 children share their writing or a part of their writing with the class.

    That's the basic structure. I hope that helps a bit.
     
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    Lynnn's response was much more detailed and a better explanation but I am happy to see that we have the same basic structure and ideas! :)
     
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    Haha! I read your response and thought I had accidentally posted again or something.
     
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    Great responses, ladies - are there any problems/issues that crept up that you dealt with, and how?
     
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    I really love writing workshop. However, at times, you need to stop and revisit some of the procedural things (not interuppting the teacher when conferencing, and back to the basics type things). I find this especially after long weekends, vacations etc. This really helped to keep things running smoothly.
    Otherwise, workshop is a wonderful way to teach writing. The only other tricky parts are just having enough time to meet with children individually. I find that I got to meet with each of my 18 kids once every week and a half to two weeks. Obviously some children I met with each day because they were strugglers, but I found it a bit tricky to balance that with the rest of the group.
    :)
     
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    Please read my other post - readers & writers workshop, lol. I know - I'm hopeless!
     
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    Heading there now. :)
     

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