Did you guess what yesterday’s sneak preview video was about? INNOVATIONS! I blogged about using innovations during writing workshop at the end of March and promised to return to follow up with some free writing ideas soon. After gathering my innovation files from school, I’ve decided to make a series of five innovation posts to highlight this writing workshop technique. That’s how great I think innovations are! I’m also hoping to build my followers, so if I hit 250 followers by the end of my series next Sunday, there will be a $25 Amazon gift card giveaway for one randomly chosen follower- yay!
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Before jumping into innovations, I wanted to talk a little bit about writing workshop organization. Ideally, our writing workshop time is about 60 minutes every day. I like to do a 10-15 minute minilesson, about 30 minutes of writing/conferencing, and about 10-15 minutes of sharing (either whole class or in small groups).
As for what kind of writing we do every day, it varies. I’ve arranged my reading and writing workshops into genres. I took all of the basal stories, leveled readers, and favorite book room sets and arranged them by genres. This way what we’re learning in reading and writing workshops almost always match up. I think it gives students a better understanding of the genres and helps boost both reading comprehension and writing stamina. I could write a whole post about that, so I better move on before we get off track. =)