Our daily Writer's Workshop time described here.
A simple change we've made this year:I've always had children respond in writing in every subject. Usually on post-its or index cards. A lady that taught our back-to-school Professional Development changed all this by suggesting...drawing a line.
Why didn't I think of that?
Since it was the Friday before Spring Break, we drew first using stencils, then wrote our sentences. You could've heard a pin drop for 20 minutes. They worked so hard.
It takes a lot of early in the year prompting for the kiddos that write a little then randomly skip four lines, but they get the hang of it. I love having everything in one handy place.