Every writer writes a lot of stuff that is not so good. We have to: that is how we get to the good stuff. Katie Wood Ray
Writing Workshop is an approach to writing that is perfectly aligned with the principles of differentiation. During writer's workshop, students write as often as possible for real purposes about things that matter to them.
The Workshop Model Encourages:
There are opportunities for teachers to work with the whole class, small groups and individuals.
Students may be at different places in the writing process at any given time.
Mini-lessons can be differentiated to meet students’ writing needs.
There are options for using technology to support and/or extend learning.
Students make choices about :
Students enjoy writing about things that interest them. They share their writing with others. Confidence and motivation are high.
|Respect for the Learner||
All students are involved in an authentic context for writing. Struggling students actually get to practice skills in the context of real writing, and create a finished product that makes them proud.
All students are working at their readiness level so frustration is minimized. Students are supported in demonstrating growth as writers.
Find out more about Writing Workshop in the writing/production section of Literacy Today.
Write in the Middle : A Workshop for Middle School Teachers is a series of 8 video programs designed to help teachers learn effective practices and strategies to use with secondary students in writing workshops.