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.
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.