So, have you heard???? A Modern Teacher now has contributors! I’m super excited about this new project. These ladies are super teachers. Today, I am privilege to introduce you to Megan. She has a blog, Mrs. Wheeler’s First Grade and a Teachers Pay Teachers Store. Wahoo!! She is sharing some great tips on how to start Writing Workshop. Without further ado…..here she is….
Growing up, I always loved writing. I would write in journals, write poetry, and excel in writing for school. This carried on through college and eventually into my career as a first grade teacher. Writing is my favorite subject to teach! The growth that children show is amazing! When I decided to get my Master’s Degree in Reading/Literacy back in 2006, I knew that I wanted to do my thesis on writing in the primary classroom. I am so happy I did!
I have been teaching for 11 years, and it has taken me a bulk of that time to get my writing workshop running smoothly, and the way I feel is best for my students. I believe in teaching children the process of writing first. I begin by instilling a love of writing in my students early in the year. In fact, we write on the first day of school! I never discount the work that the children do; to some a sentence is a big milestone. I do a lot of modeling with writing in my classroom, and I feel it is key for developing strong writers.
I also create a print-rich environment for my students. I want them to have access to sight and vocabulary words all year long as they are developing their reading and writing skills. I have a special writing area set up in my classroom where students go to get the supplies they need. They are able to visit this area freely; I try not to hinder their choices for paper, but I do guide them in the direction I feel is most appropriate for their individual levels.
We set goals for our writing all year. I have found that it really keeps the kids accountable for the quality of work they produce.
We also celebrate our successes with writing parties every month! After all, we ARE authors!