It’s Fun to Teach Writers {CELEBRATE This Week 106}

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What makes teaching writers fun? This is the question I’ve had bouncing around in my mind the past few weeks. I’ve been having a lot of fun teaching writers and encouraging teachers as they work with the writers in their classrooms.

I giggle as I make video minilessons.
My heart is warm as I confer with young writers.
I get all goofy-happy when I talk with teachers about ways to entice and engage writers.

Today I buckled down and worked on my latest online course through Choice Literacy: Back to Writing Workshop Basics. As I consider the key messages and teaching for this course, I keep coming back to my question.

What makes teaching writers fun?

 It’s okay for us to have fun in writing workshop. Somehow, in the midst of standards and testing and accountability, we lost sight of fun.

It’s fun to teach writers.

It’s fun to teach writers when they open their notebooks first thing because they thought of an idea at home while brushing their teeth.

It’s fun to teach writers when they try out a craft move in their writing after a minilesson.

It’s fun to teach writers when they ask me whether they should use a comma or a dash.

It’s fun to teach writers when they get a genuine response to their writing.

It’s fun to teach writers.

Maybe it’s not easy, but this just makes it more fun. A challenge is always fun. And it’s fun to teach writers. I’m thankful for this celebration.


My offerings to encourage writers (and their teachers), because I’m smitten by the way writers work…
{Discover. Play. Build.} Website. It’s designed to be my offering to writing teachers. 
You’ll find video minilessons and a link to the {Discover. Play. Build.} YouTube Channel where they are all housed.
{Discover. Play. Build.} Newsletter. They come each month. Register in the sidebar. 
( For more information on these resources (and others), check out this post.)
Places you can find me celebrating throughout the week:
Instagram:  @ruth_ayres
Twitter: @ruth_ayres

Looking forward to reading your celebrations this weekend.


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  1. Finding joy in writing is one of the most difficult things to get teachers to embrace. When you come here, that could be a point you develop with us. (Notice I said when, not if. 😃)

  2. Ruth, it is absolutely fun to teach writers. My goal is to provide teachers with the time to enjoy writing so that they can bring the same passion for the art to their students. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about writing time.