Thursday, June 27, 2013

I'm Going to Writing Camp!

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Teaching writing is one of my most favorite things to do!  I have spent a lot of time learning about how to be a better writing teacher.  I have learned from the best -- Ralph Fletcher, Regie Routman, Kate Messner, Lucy Caulkins, & Aimee Buckner, to name just a few.

Every one of the books I've read about teaching writing talks about how important it is to share my own writing with my students.  This was a problem....


MY writing???

(Panic sets in....)

I don't write....I TEACH writing. 

(What ever will I share?)

As it turns out, these two concepts -- being a writing teacher and being a writer -- are mutually beneficial.  Doing one helps make you better at the other.  It's a win-win!

So I'm making a conscious effort to do more writing this summer.  As I was blog stalking today and checking in with Shannon at I Run, Read, Teach,  I read about a very fun summer writing opportunity from author/writing expert Kate Messner called Teachers Write 2013.  I had never heard of Teachers Write so of course, I had to check it out!

What is Teachers Write 2013?  It's like an online writing camp for teachers!

As Kate says on her blog:
Our goal is to provide opportunities and encouragement for writing, learning, and sharing, with support from published authors who donate their time to visit and join our conversations.

Sounds like an amazing opportunity!

So this is my opportunity to start building MY writing portfolio so I can share some writing with my students.  If you are interested in writing, I encourage you to check it out!  Teachers Write 2013 is being held June 24th - August 12th.  (Yes, June 24th was this past Monday but it's not too late to get started.)  This online program is FREE and sounds like it will be lots of fun!

If  When you sign up, let me know!  I'd love to collaborate with you!!  This should be lots of fun -- and you don't even need to bring bug spray to this kind of camp!

Happy writing!


  1. I'm running out the door but I have heard a bit about this and I am interested. I will be back to reread and explore later. Thanks for sharing. :)
    Creating Lifelong Learners

  2. Ohhh I'm interested in this too! Thanks for sharing...I'm on my way to check it out!

  3. I love online professional development. So convenient!
    Also, I'm having a link up on my blog called Thinking about Thursdays! Check it out if you're interested.

    Sixth Grade Tales

  4. I'm going to check that out now! This will be my first year teaching 5th grade, and I really want to work on Writing! I just started following you on Bloglovin'!

    Fun In 5th

  5. That sounds FANTASTIC!! I love that! I'm going to go check it out now.

    Tales of Frogs and Cupcakes


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