When Writers Drive the Workshop

Honoring Young Voices and Bold Choices

In this practical, engaging book, former elementary school teacher and university professor Brian Kissel asks teachers to go back to the roots of writing workshop. What happens when students, not planned teaching points, lead writing conferences? What happens when students, not tests, determine what they learned through reflection and self-evaluation?

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In this practical, engaging book, former elementary school teacher and university professor Brian Kissel asks teachers to go back to the roots of writing workshop. What happens when students, not planned teaching points, lead writing conferences? What happens when students, not tests, determine what they learned through reflection and self-evaluation?

Writing instruction has shifted in recent years to more accountability, taking the focus away from the writer. This book explores what h...read more

When Writers Drive the Workshop takes us back to the heart of Don Graves’s work, while nudging us into the digital world we live in today. Brian Kissel reminds us that it isn’t the standards, the assessments, or even the data that should be the major force driving our writing instruction. It’s students. In order to teach the writer, not the writing, you need to focus on the writer—the human child—in front of you.

Aimee Buckner

About the Author(s)

Brian Kissel, an educator for over 20 years, is a professor of Literacy and Elementary Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. A former elementary school teacher and literacy coach, Brian teaches courses, conducts research, and provides professional development in writing instruction, digital literacy, and literacy development and instruction. Dr. Kissel lives in Davidson, North Carolina.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Conferring: Writers Take the Wheel
  • Chapter 2: The Author's Chair: Writers Navigate the Response
  • Chapter 3: Reflection: Writers Ponder the Journey
  • Chapter 4: Mini-Lessons: Writers Determine the Detours
  • Chapter 5: Conditions: Teachers Create Smooth Writing Experiences
  • Epilogue
  • Appendix
  • References
  • Index

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Grade Range: K-5
Media: 200 pp/paper
Published: 02/2017
Item No: 1073Item No: 1074Item No: B073
ISBN: 978-162531-073-6ISBN: 978-1-62531-074-3ISBN: 978-162531-B73-6
Hashtag: #WritersDrive

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