Writer’s workshop is all about the writer, and that is the biggest advantage to following a workshop model. Imagine how you’d feel if you were asked to write from the point of view of a howler monkey, but you knew nothing about them, where they live, their habits, or any other basic ideas and were absolutely stumped or work on something that you knew well. Which would you be more motivated to write about? Writer’s workshop leads to authentic learning, and when children have a strong interest in their topic, they are more motivated to polish it. This doesn’t mean that you swing to all student choice either though, but rather, choice is emphasized and the workload shifts to the student.
GETTING STARTED THE RIGHT WAY
1 SET THE ROUTINE
3 TIPS, TIPS, AND MORE TIPS
4 MAKE THE MOST OF SHARING TIME