Matt Renwick is an elementary principal in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. Matt blogs at Reading by Example (readingbyexample.com), tweets @ReadByExample and writes for ASCD.
Teaching the genre of tests can seem far removed from writing workshop. Matt Renwick explores how to teach constructed response in a way that is integrated with the tenets of good workshop instruction.
Matt Renwick is surprised when his son completes a reading quiz that isn’t required, and finally realizes it’s all about reading response.
Matt Renwick describes the process of paying attention to telling details, and gives practical advice for teaching this skill to young writers.
Matt Renwick encourages you to ask a few critical questions before you adopt the 40-Book Challenge or any other activity with a number for a goal you’re going to be tied to all year long in your classroom.
Matt Renwick discovers technology provides many authentic audiences for student writing.
“China is going to kill us all!” This quote from a student causes Matt Renwick to stop and consider how schools can use literacy to promote global understanding.
Matt Renwick explains why sometimes the best way to grow reading abilities in students is to resist rubrics.
Here are Matt Renwick's three favorite moves for helping struggling writers.
Matt Renwick finds there is value in connecting video games and literacy in classrooms, once he and the teachers he works with can get past their leeriness.
What many school leaders, teachers, and students have in common is that they are introverts. Matt Renwick remembers exhaustion from his first year of teaching because of introversion, and offers suggestions for meeting the needs of introverts in any school community.
If you’re interested in launching student podcasts, Matt Renwick has resources and tips for getting started.
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