Even though I do not officially teach writing anymore, I am still very much immersed in supporting students and fellow teachers in writing. In my opinion, developing a writer is all about how we scaffold. Writing development is very much a continuum and figuring out what skills a writer already has is the first step to planning how to help move that particular writer forward.
This year several other teachers and I have planned to meet to work improve how we teach writing. I am excited because as teachers across several grade levels, we can pull our expertise and experience.
As part of this work, I had a blast co-teaching with my awesome colleague Susan! Here is what we have been working on with her 4th graders: Stretching an idea with sketching a plan http://youtu.be/fhFX2xVF3Ic
The importance of editing for conventions: http://bcontext.com//bfile/player/irsjr/?auth=SASQAQJG1K9QAIZLNJILUNX5GRJCEET255UVM8R91UDMBBRPNX