A Place to Share for Writers and Teachers
I know there are wonderful books written about this topic (you are welcome to recommend your favorite titles) but I'm also wondering how do you negotiate the time in your classroom?
This I Believe…in no particular order
Students need to read books they choose – books that are on their independent reading level.
Students need to write from their lives for real audiences.
Students need to read classical literature – they need to be guided and shown why it is a “classic”
Students need to write about literature – it is the best form of assessing their understanding and it allows them to practice critical and analytical thinking/writing.
Students need to understand and recognize the choices a writer makes/and make those choices as a writer – thus the need for literary terms!
Students need to understand the grammar and mechanics of English in order to communicate effectively.
Students need to read/write/think about issues that matter in the world and in their lives.
I believe in SSR, workshop approach, and guided inquiry...but I still have questions about the use of time. How do I utilize my time to accomplish all these things I believe are so important? How do I break up my 90 minute block? My week? My six-weeks? My semester?
As a new teacher, I'm still working on my classroom routines and would love to hear how you make the workshop work? (Especially if you work in a Texas High School on an A/B Block Schedule with 90 minute class periods)