A Glimpse into Writer’s Workshop

When you walk into my classroom, you might be surprised by all of the chatter that is happening throughout the room. Welcome to Writer’s Workshop!

Following our whole class mini-lesson, I enthusiastically say, “Let’s go be writers!” and students excitedly head off in many different directions, ready to begin writing. Some students are just beginning the writing process, attempting to determine the perfect idea to write about that day. Others are meeting with a peer to share their writing and receive feedback. Still others are awaiting a conference with the teacher, almost ready for publication.

In our classroom, we view writing as a social process. This accounts for the chatter that you hear from students. From discussing an idea to talking about how to spell a word to just talking about an unrelated topic, students are encouraged to talk about their writing. While there are always a few students who prefer a quiet writing time, the majority of students thrive in the noisy writing classroom.

Watching and listening to my students, I love hearing the chatter that happens during Writer’s Workshop. When the time comes, I signal students that it is time to wrap our writing for the day, only to be met with moans and groans. See, my students have come to love Writer’s Workshop, knowing that they have choices in topics and genres and they are able to discuss their writing with others. Together, we have created an environment where students are comfortable with each other, willing to take risks in the writing.

As we take a few minutes to share, we wrap up Writer’s Workshop for the day, knowing that tomorrow, we will have another chance to enjoy the writing time together.

Published by booksonthebackporch

I am a wife, mom to two girls, a reading specialist, and avid reader and writer! I am excited to share my experiences through the different books of my life!

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