Next week marks the beginning of the school year for many of us. The beginning of the year is exciting, nerve-wracking, and yet there's no other part of the school year quite like it. To help ease those "back-to-school" jitters, here's how I help my students get back into the writing routine.
Begin Writing Instruction on the First Day
On the first day of school, I introduce my students to Writer's Workshop by asking them what they know about Pre-Writing. Their responses usually include things like Idea Webs, Free-writing, or Brainstorming. I tell them, "Today, I'm going to show you 2 new Pre-Writing strategies and our goal is to begin drafting by the end of class."