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 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: