Elementary Language Arts
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Writing WorkshopAs a school, we were trained in --and required to do--Writing (writer's) workshop this year. While the kids do seem to love it, I am not so good at keeping up with what mini-lessons I need to teach and who needs a conference, who needs to share...I also have trouble helping kids write better without coming out and changing the words for them! I have some students that can't focus on a topic at all, and besides doing story maps, I really don't know how to help them. Do you make them start over? How do you help them fix mistakes on the paper without writing all over that paper and confusing them? Also, to be honest, I am sometimes bored listening to students' stories! I feel awful about it, but, whew, it's hard to listen sometimes!