Category Archives: Writing

How to Assess K-2 Students’ Writing in a Writing Workshop Model

How to Assess K-2 Students’ Writing in a Writing Workshop Model

In the writing workshop model, assessing or grading students’ writing can be a challenge. Students are typically choosing different topics, selecting which strategies they want to apply, finishing their writing at different times…it can feel a little “all over the place.” So how do you assess their work in a consistent, easy-to-manage way? My personal…Continue Reading

5 Ideas for a Successful Writing Center in K-2

5 Ideas for a Successful Writing Center in K-2

Do you have a writing center in your kindergarten, first, or second grade classroom? In my classroom, the writing center is part of our daily literacy centers rotations. Additionally, I have a separate writing block (writing workshop) at a different time of the day. The work students do in the writing center reflects what they’ve…Continue Reading

10 Great Apps for Literacy Centers in K-2

10 Great Apps for Literacy Centers in K-2

Looking for some great apps for literacy centers? In this post, I’ll share 10 apps that I love! These apps are great for kindergarten, first, or second grade, but they can probably be used at other grade levels too. You’ll notice that I’ve chosen apps that are not specific to a certain skill or skill…Continue Reading

Ideas for a Dramatic Play Literacy Center

Ideas for a Dramatic Play Literacy Center

Does play have a place in literacy instruction? Absolutely! Jean Piaget said it best: “Play is the work of childhood.” If you know me, you know that I have high expectations for my students. I believe that young children can do AMAZING things when it comes to reading and writing. But I also believe that…Continue Reading

How to Differentiate Literacy Centers in K-2

How to Differentiate Literacy Centers in K-2

Literacy centers can take a LOT of time to set up, right?! And if you differentiate your literacy centers, that takes even MORE time. However, it’s definitely worth it. Although some center activities can work for learners at all levels, other centers activities are much more valuable when they are differentiated (i.e. word work). So…Continue Reading

How to Support Dual Language Students with Writing

How to Support Dual Language Students with Writing

Getting primary students to write can be quite challenging at times. If you teach students who are learning another language, it becomes even more challenging! Before I became a literacy specialist, I was a classroom teacher. And one of my years in the classroom was spent in a two-way dual language program. The goal of…Continue Reading