“Why is it so quiet? It’s never this quiet!”

“The mere habit of writing, of constantly keeping at it, of never giving up, ultimately teaches you how to write.”  – Gabriel Fielding

11454297503_e27946e4ff_hThe room is silent.  This never happens.  She turns around, “Why is it so quiet?  It’s never this quiet!”

It was silent because every single student was enthralled with her writing.  Our very talented young writer worked during her free moments and at home on an original fictional story.  Her writing included dialogue, narration, vivid word choice and more. It was fantastic!

We are in our second year of implementing writing workshop.  This structure has helped us reach every student:  struggling, accelerated, and in between.   Every student is improving in their writing!

Our young author had two chapters of her story done and now every student (and teacher) is waiting impatiently for the next installment.

6 thoughts on ““Why is it so quiet? It’s never this quiet!””

  1. I am such a huge advocate of writers workshop and teaching writing as a process not a product. This story reminds me so much of the work going on in my classroom- children forming groups to write stories, kids begging to write blogs and students self motivated and working on their writing any time they can including recess and at home. Keep up the great work!

  2. That’s so amazing. I love when my students experience success and they want to keep writing because they are seeing how what they are learning helps to improve their pieces.

    What age do you teach? I have 7th grade (moved up from 5th grade), and we only have 49 minutes. I struggle with workshop with so little time.

  3. her story was absolutely amazing! I seriously could not believe she wrote all that in 2 days! I told her to come back as soon as chapter 3 is finished 🙂 You and Jill are fantastic writing teachers!

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