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I realized my students needed to see my writing, hear my thinking about writing, and understand my struggles as a writer if I was going to have credibility when I conferred with them," she says. They're paralyzed with fear because somewhere along the way they were made to feel afraid of writing.
One of my greatest joys is helping teachers overcome their discomfort with writing so they can positively impact the lives of the children they teach by becoming a mentor author for their students. Her latest book,nbsp;Craft Moves: Lesson Sets for Teaching Writing with Mentor Texts, includesnbsp;more than lessons to teach various craft moves found in children's picture books that will help K-5 students become better writers.
In her free time, Stacey cooks, swims, and practices Pilates.
Day by Day: Refining Writing Workshop Through 180 Days of Reflective Practice
A beach-lover, she dreams of living and writing by the sea when she "grows up. Ruth Ayres , Stacey Shubitz. Have you ever wanted your own personal writing coach to help improve your teaching of writing? For an overview, read just the book and chapter introductions. To refine a particular part of your practice, choose a chapter and work through one or all of the cycles.
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With this adaptability, Day-by-Day is just as useful for beginning workshop teachers as for veterans. Throughout, Ruth and Stacey write with clarity and precision about even the trickiest aspects of writing workshops. I especially appreciated their ideas about conferring with student writers—how to approach kids, break down barriers, and get them talking to you and their classmates and reflecting on themselves as writers.
Day By Day: Refining writing workshop through 180 days of reflective practice
And as a Responsive Classroom teacher, I valued their emphasis on explicitly teaching children how to do each aspect of writing, whether getting a pencil or transitioning from group instruction to independent writing. Their many classroom stories not only draw you into the book but also help you envision what their strategies would look like in your own workshops.
Stacey began her career in education teaching fifth grade at P. Stacey now works as a literacy consultant and an adjunct professor.
Once Upon A Teacher: December
Stacey grew up in the New York Metropolitan Area and wanted to be a writer thanks to the inspiration of her first-grade teacher, Carol Snook, who used the writing workshop approach in long before it was popular. She thought of becoming a teacher during college, but instead worked as an assistant editor for iVillage. Stacey earned her M. Stacey specializes in mentor texts, conferring, and the routines of writing workshop.