Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Happy Realease Day Ruth and Stacey!!

Today is a very special day for two people whom I have grown to admire and appreciate more and more as this school year progresses. If it weren't for these two ladies, my classroom wouldn't be the same. They have helped me work through trying to set up my classroom and know what to teach when and Ruth has been my sound board for many things (and it's just November!!). I am BEYOND excited that I will be meeting and hearing them speak in a matter of weeks at NCTE in Orlando, FL.

These amazing ladies have written a book that is going to revolutionize the Writer's Workshop as we know it. For those of us who spend hours on end (and no I am not exaggerating here people) on their blog looking through ideas and advice... we now have it in one place. Their first book, Day by Day, is being released today and hopefully mine will be here shortly!

Here is a little bit about the book:

Have you ever wanted your own personal writing coach to help improve your teaching of writing? How about two personal writing coaches? In Day by Day, Stacey Shubitz and Ruth Ayres, creators of the popular blog Two Writing Teachers, guide you through the trials and tribulations of a whole year of writing workshop.

Day by Day is organized around six fundamental components of writing workshop -- routines, mini-lessons, choice, mentors, conferring, and assessment. Each component is broken down into ten-day sections. Each section includes a detailed discussion, a challenge that teachers can apply immediately, and questions to help teachers assess the process to see what went right, what went wrong, and, most importantly, why.

Ruth and Stacey also provide daily encouragement, support, practical strategies, tips, advice, and everything you need to run an effective writing workshop that meets the needs of all the different writers in your classroom.

If you are like me and can't wait to get your hands on it, you can preview the book online HERE until you do! Congrats you lovely ladies on a job well done! See you in a few weeks!

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