What is writing workshop? Creating shared agreement and common expectations about instruction
« Back to the Main Inquiry Cycle
In any given school setting, there can be a broad range of experiences and comfort with writing instruction. It is important to establish shared agreement about the topic, creating a common definition about writing workshop, and about best practice in writing instruction.
For teachers of young children sometimes, there is confusion between practicing handwriting and practicing writing. To clarify:
Handwriting refers to letter formation- a small motor skill. It is the act of learning to write the letters of the alphabet. It may involve writing letters in a salt tray, using manipulatives to form a letter, writing a name, or doing traditional handwriting pages.
Defining writing workshop:
- Use text rendering protocol to review and discuss the Glossary of Terms and Writing Process in Detail. You may want to chart key ideas or terms that need further clarification.
- View the video (4:46) at model of writing workshop in second grade classroom.
- Listen to podcast by Ralph Fletcher (14:08) adding any additional ideas or terms to the chart.
- Finally use text rendering protocol to review and discuss the Rubric for Writing Instruction.
Optional: Teachers can use rubric as self-assessment. Share results with grade level partners, or mixed grade teams. Use results to set two professional goals.
Back to Top
Previous SessionNext Session