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kbrown 02-14-2013 01:31 PM

Writing Workshop (middle school)
I would like some honest feedback. After teaching writing for 9 years, I feel like I need a change. I came across the book "In the Middle" by Nancie Atwell, and everything just clicked for me. I know that not all students are the same and I know that it is hard to make the change, but I have read such mixed reviews of Writing Workshop that I am honestly scared to death to even think about changing, especially in middle school. So honestly, do you use it? How do you use? Do you like it, and does it work?

maryteach 02-17-2013 06:06 PM

It works very well
but one of the most important aspects to running a successful workshop is to let go of the idea that everyone must be planning at the same time, writing first copies at the same time....the letting go is what I would say is the hardest part for teachers. It's okay, even desirable, to have kids all over the place in terms of the writing process.

It's instant differentiation, because you're giving short mini lessons to individual kids or small groups--you give each kid what THEY need right now.

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