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[quote]I especially agree with it. I provide lots of clipboards for this. If the space/time is occasionally misused the student might need.

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I especially agree with pt. 2. I provide lots of clipboards for this. If the space/time is occasionally misused the student might need to spend his/her writing time at their desk. It's rarely abused once the expectation is established and practiced at the beginning of the year.
Mini lessons to introduce craft is also important, again with lots of teacher modeling. Writing is indeed one of my favorite parts of the day. Even emerging writers have something to share which is another important component. Every day there is time to share, even if it's a few sentences. Some students might share using the document camera. They might get in small groups and share or we might get in a writer's circle and share what type of story they are writing.

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Positive Writing Atmosphere - Thank you!

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I absolutely adore teaching writing! I believe there is a writer in every student just waiting to be prodded into the next Pulitzer Prize Winner. Through the years I have struggled with traditional assessments that have been, at times, required resources that I must use as part of the curriculum. They have not always provided me with the information I was seeking about my students' knowledge and understanding of what good writers do. My question is, how often are other teachers of writing using multiple choice (standard) assessments, and are they assessing more than just concepts of grammar? Do strong examples of these traditional paper/pencil tests exist for writing classes?

APLanguage and Honor's World Literature 11th and 12th grade

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Teaching the AP Lang. class requires structure and writing workshop approaches. If more teachers in lower grades implemented these strategies, I could launch into my polishing and rhetorical approaches. Unfortunately, my students are stymied by the opportunity to write and are difficult to motivate until a couple of months into the semester. I only have the one semester to accomplish all that the AP curr. requires. It can be frustrating, but I do what I can. It is encouraging to find other teachers pushing the same approach. Thank you!

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Process

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Process is very important. However, i do believe students need to find their own process. For example, some students like to talk to me before they begin a first draft. And some like to write two drafts before talking or editing or revising. Yes, process is key.

Also, different types of writing = different process. I like writing chunks of info for a blog or a school paper, then rearranging them in the revision process. If I'm writing fiction I tend to write it all out as fast as I can, then slow down and revise.

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I just wrote a blog reviewing _Independent Writing_ by Colleen Cruz. I think the book reaches those who want to create a true "workshop" experience, but need more guidance as to structure.

http://expateducator.com/2011/06/24/independent-writing-one-teacher-thir...

Something that I have found

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Something that I have found helps set a positive tone for writing is emphasizing that writing is a PROCESS. Kids seem to feel a sense of relief when they understand that they can take each writing piece as far as they want, abandon some, come back to some, let some sit for awhile and then take them in a whole new direction. I frequently set aside regular class time for writing, and the assignment is to take at least one (or 4 or 7, whatever is appropriate) writing starts through the whole process of first draft, peer review, edit, second draft, teacher review, edit, publish. When they let go of the idea that writing produces a "good" product that they should be able to complete quickly, they relax into the event of writing. It takes time, but by the end of the school year, almost all of my kids really own their life as a student writer, and some bloom into life writers.

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