Articles of the Week1.3.2018

Faster Feedback: Creating Shortcuts in Google Docs has a GREAT tip allowing for more efficient feedback! Thanks, Catlin Tucker!

3 Teacher Stances for Writing Conferences by Rebekah O’Dell breaks down three different approaches to writing conferences with suggestions for starting conversations. I have had 9 writing conferences this week and cannot stress how much more effective these are as opposed to simply giving comments on essays.

I am always looking for different ways and different words to explain and 3 Ways to Help Students Write a Better Thesis Statement from the Daring English Teacher provides just that. I am using this in class today with my 9th graders to help them with their thesis statements without giving them a formula to follow.
Independent Writing Time: Beyond the Fundamentals of Writing Workshop from Melanie Meehan at the Two Writing Teachers blog offers some great reminders and things to consider for writing workshop – especially this time of year when I am just trying to survive. These help anchor me.
Google Classroom Book Club: How to Engage Your Student Readers Online by Emily Aierstok has some great ideas for setting up an online book club through Google classroom. My freshmen will start sharing about their choice reading through this format after break.
Poem of the Week: Quarantine by Boland. I have shared this before but oh – this is true love. “Let no love poem ever come to this threshold.”

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Articles of the Week1.3.2018
Multiple Types of Assessments with Whole Class Texts by Julie Swinehart has some great ideas if you’re stuck in an assessment rut. I especially loved the graded video discussion and will be trying this soon.
How Do We Give Meaningful Feedback to Student Writers – the trend in assessing writing continues to move from teachers editing writing to coaching students to better writing. I especially like the Praise, Question, Wish strategy (similar to Glow and Grow).
Promoting Community in the Workshop Classroom from Three Teachers Talk offers some great ideas for celebrating the reading lives of students.
Janet Nayer has pulled together a list of  Podcasts, so if you’re needing a break from grading or a fresh voice in education to listen to, try one of these.
Humble – Boldness – it’s no secret I’m a Dave Stuart, Jr., and this article by him, though non-ELA, is such a good reminder of why we do what we do and how we should approach it.
Poem of the Week: Rain Effect by Mary Ruefle


Articles of the Week 1.31.18

Articles of the Week1.3.2018
Do you use Writing Checklists? My freshmen are starting a writing checklist today and will be adding to it the rest of the semester. This article provides practical ideas for creating and using them.
Teaching Literary Approaches in the Classroom lists specific stories to go with critical lens. The more our students recognize patterns, the easier for them to make meaning of texts.
Breaking Through the Midyear Slump provides several ideas to mix things up in the classroom during these long winter weeks.
Professional Knowledge for the Teaching of Writing links to several posts centered on NCTE’s beliefs on the teaching of writing. There’s tons of great info and ideas here.

I am not familiar with EdPuzzle but looks like a good option if you’re wanting to do a flipped lesson. I’d love to hear from anyone who has used this about its functionality.

Poem of the Week: White Eyes by Mary Oliver