Yay! It’s Wednesday. Friday would be better, but Wednesday is better than a Monday!!
I am linking up with Jessica at Ideas by Jivey for Workshop Wednesdays. Today we are sharing what we do to keep our students motivated about writing.
An assortment of materials have been the key to motivating my fourth graders to keep going. We use all sorts of fun papers and writing tools in my classroom - twistable crayons, colored pencils, any color ink pens, fancy pencils, markers, and their all time favorite gel pens.
When students complete their weekly writing assignment* I allow them to do a free write from any of the writing genres I have all ready taught them. They are allowed to use one of the writing tools that I mentioned above.
(I do require them to conference with me on their writing assignment each week. This definitely helps me to learn about them as a writer, help them improve their craft, and holds them accountable to the assignment.)
One thing that I have learned that has been invaluable… don’t put everything out at once for student use. I change the writing tools and papers each month. I always make sure there are at least three types of writing tools and yes; they are repeated throughout the year. Anytime I can throw in paper related to a holiday or something we are studying in class, I do it.
What type of writing tools do your students use in your room? What are their favorites? I would love to hear from you, so I can add some new tools to my collection.
Don’t forget to stop by Jivey’s blog and learn about other ways to keep your students motivated to write!
I would also love it if you would stop by my Teachers Pay Teachers Store. I have quite a few products and freebies geared towards grades 3 – 5.
In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week, there is a site wide sale. All of my products are 20% off until midnight tonight, and TPT will offer an extra 10%. Click on the button below to visit my store.
If you purchase three or more items, email me with your TPT user name and I will send you a product, $3.00 or less, of your choice.
Enjoy your Wednesday!