WWW aka Writing Workshop Wednesday

So today is Writing Workshop Wednesday, although we didn’t have writing workshop today. It was one of those days. We have writing workshop right after lunch. It gives us some down time when the weather is so hot, and it is a nice chunk of uninterrupted time for us to write.  
But today was CrAzY after lunch. Someone was hurt, two someones were sick, and one little kindergartener (they were lined up in the hallway) fell in the potty so I had to watch the rest of them while his teacher escorted him to the office for a change in clothing. So a big chunk was taken from our writing workshop today, not to worry it’s the last few days of the reading challenge, so we read.

I think one of the most important parts of writing workshop is being willing to turn loose of the control. I know it was hard for me in the beginning. As teachers sometimes we’re more concerned with our kiddos “getting it right” or “making it look good,” than letting their personalities shine through.  
Writing workshop is some place you have to be willing to let all that go, and give it over to the creativity of the kids. It is through my language arts block that I can draw in all the conventions for writing the emphasis of neatness, correct spelling, and whatever else drives me crazy. 

What is the hardest part of writing workshop for you? Do you have trouble just letting the kids-write?

Next week I’ll tell you about the books we make, but tonight I am off to feed the kids on my daughter’s swim team that are going to state this weekend. YAY GO CATS!



  1. Letting go of the control is a tough one for sure!
    First Grade Blue Skies

  2. The hardest part of writing workshop is probably the first quarter for me, trying to create some independence in them. When I think about how far they've come though, it's all worth it.

    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  3. The hardest part for me is hmmmm.... finding time to do it. We don't have writing time built into our schedule. I have to find time during our reading block. Ugh it is so hard, but we manage. I hope you are having a good week!

  4. A kinder fell in a toilet?????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I have a very difficult time with trying to control everything. Not just writing.
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  5. My biggest challenge is finding a good chunk of time in my schedule to focus on writing. I feel like when we work on our writing it is so rushed that we can't really be creative and do a nice job. Or the time comes from another subject, so I fall behind there.

    First Grade Magic