Facilitate a Writing Workshop Virtually
goal of writing workshop
The writing workshop framework meets these needs and streamlines instruction in order to meet the most important objective: giving students time to write. The workshop setting supports students in taking their writing seriously and viewing themselves as writers.
Teacher, student or guests present a short lesson that introduces a new concept or meets the needs of writers in the classroom. These mini lessons are often 5-10 minutes long.
Share another video of yourself writing and sharing your writing
Use a site like Journal Buddies for free writing prompt suggestions
Introduce concept mapping as a way to deepen metacognitive writing
Remember, the goal is have students see you writing. You can model that on paper or on the screen.
2. Status of the Class
Teachers need to know what students are working on. This can make identifying particular needs easier.
Try Kami's Google Classroom Integration (also does Schoology, Canvas)
Ask students to snap pictures of their writing using tools like Seesaw or the Office Lens app. This is an easy way to digitize concept maps and writing then submit it online via the LMS.
You can use a variety of screencasting tools to offer feedback.
3. write and confer
Student writes, as well as confers with either the teacher and/or peers.
Use Flipgrid to make "at a distance" peer writing conferences easy (Tweet Example)
Organize students into Channels in Microsoft Teams to work with each other
Create small groups in Seesaw so that peer conferences can take place between small subsets of your whole student group
Share a rubric or conversation guide (e.g. Reciprocal teaching) to deepen comprehension.
4. SHARe - Practice "TAG"
Student reads their piece of writing to the group. Listeners can practice the TAG approach:
- Tell one thing you liked about the written piece shared
- Ask one question
- Give one suggestion
No new tech tips; you have all the tools you need
National Poetry Month - April
T.S. Elliot argued “April is the cruelest month." Poetry can help with that. It's National Poetry Month this April. Don't be afraid to find, read and share poems all month with your students.
Poem in Your Pocket Day takes place every year on a day in National Poetry Month. On this day, select a poem, carry it with you, and share it with others at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, street corners, and on social media using the hashtag #pocketpoem. The 2020 Poem in Your Pocket Day will take place on Thursday, April 30.
In his book, Rose, Where Did You Get that Red?, Kenneth Koch writes:
When I became interested in teaching a particular poem, I would look for a poetry idea to go with it, such as for the Blake class, “Imagine you are talking to a mysterious and beautiful creature and you can speak its secret language, and you can ask it anything you want.”
The poetry idea, as I’ve said, was to give the students a way to experience, while writing, some of the main ideas and feelings in the poem we were studying. . . .