Every Wednesday at 4 PM PT/7 PM ET educators from near and far come together to discuss why writing matters to them and how they can best support their student writers. Each week a guest host and leader in the teacher-writer community joins #WritingMatters to lead the discussion and share their favorite tips, tricks, and resources for growing great writers.
Twitter has been used by educators for many years as an extension of professional learning. Did you know 2019 marked the 10th Anniversary of the first Twitter chat created exclusively for educators, #Edchat? Fun fact: Steven Anderson, one of the #Edchat founders is on Season 2 of the Writing Matters Podcast!
Why did we create the #WritingMatters Twitter chat? Because we want to provide meaningful and authentic professional learning for literacy educators. The chat parallels the popular podcast, Writing Matters with Dr. Troy Hicks, by creating a space for all educators to join in on this important discussion.
Twitter chats are a perfect way for educators to continue developing professionally. They promote resource sharing and collaboration. They help to expand participants’ PLN (Personal Learning Networks) and are a great way to reflect and grow in practice. Finally, and one of our favorite reasons, they are fun!
Week of January 8th, 2020
Author and educator, Troy Hicks kicked off the new year as guest host for this week’s #WritingMatters Twitter chat. In keeping with the spirit of the season, the topic, “New Year’s Resolutions on Teaching Writing” drew educators from around the globe. Expert teaching advice was given for audience and purpose when designing writing assignments. Thoughtful Tweets on digital writing, multimodal assignments, and the sharing of new resources were also part of the lively conversation.
Check out these ideas:
Week of December 11th, 2019
How can teachers support their English Learners when it comes to writing? This week, the #WritingMatters Twitter chat focused on “Writing Instruction for ELs” with host Emily Francis. Not only was the conversation fast-paced and lively, but it was also flooded with ideas from expert teachers in this area.
Question 1 started off asking what it took to help ELs become successful writers. Here is one of our favorite responses:
Another question that garnered much attention and advice dealt with scaffolds to support ELs in writing:
This important discussion included great ideas for the classroom environment, as well as favorite #edtech to use in writing instruction for ELs. Make sure to check out the full transcript linked below and bookmark all of the wonderful suggestions from these fellow educators!
Week of December 4th, 2019
This week, the #WritingMatters Twitter chat focused on the role teacher–librarians/media–specialists play in supporting student writing and a tweet in response to Question 1 via Tess Reiche summed up the conversation, “Librarians are human Wikipedias.” Not only do teacher–librarians work tirelessly to ignite a spark for reading, but their role is multi-faceted most schools.
Sarah Staudt, a teacher-librarian from Iowa hosted the lively chat and shared a list of resources she curated throughout the chat. Access the document HERE. From Information Literacy, publishing, multimedia creation, modeling mentor texts, and digital citizenship; teacher-librarians support writing in many ways and reinforce the reading-writing connection.
Week of November 20th, 2019
Brianna Hodges hosted the #WritingMatters Twitter chat this week with a focus on “Multimodal Literacies to Inspire, Encourage, & Enhance Writing”. The conversation kicked off defining multimodal and quickly turned to the relevance and engagement realized when using contemporary communication modes and multimedia in the classroom. Check out a few of our favorite tweets:
An archived transcript is below; read about more ideas, resources, and ways to use multimodal writing in your classroom!
Week of November 13th, 2019
Shervette Miller–Payton hosted the #WritingMatters Twitter chat this week with a focus on “Using Diverse Mentor Texts to Support Students’ Writing Skills.” Educators shared their thoughts around the purpose of a mentor text, challenges that arise, as well as examples and resources for locating Mentor Texts. This list contains a few of the Mentor Text resources that were shared:
- Nerdwriter Videos
- This I Believe
- Moving Writers
- NY Times Learning Network Mentor Texts
Week of November 6th, 2019
Shaelynn Farnsworth kicked off our first #WritingMatters Twitter chat with a focus on “Writing Strategies that Work.” The conversation included educators from around the globe sharing experiences, strategies, and even examples. Check out these highlights: