3 ways to turn idea-getting into a game to help students who can’t get ideas for stories

3 ways to turn idea-getting into a game to help students who can’t get ideas for stories Sammy (not his real name) didn’t love writing—as most young boys don’t. Sammy was in 5th grade when I met him, and he struggled to get ideas for stories—really struggled. And when he did get an idea, he … [Read more…]

5 ways to increase your grading efficiency (and its impact) when you get tired of grading papers

Do you love writing and teaching writing, but grading it makes you tired, frustrated, or burnt out? They’ve got the same old errors, and you’re burning away your plan periods, after-school hours, and family time correcting the seemingly infinite stack of error-wrought papers. The teaching is going great. The grading just weighs you down. Let’s talk about 5 strategies for maximizing your time and your impact when responding to student writing.

6 writing games using a six-sided die

One important part of a lesson plan is the “back-pocket activity.” In this post, I’m going to share six writing games that use only a six-sided die, which means you can toss them a die and get them writing with only seconds of instruction.