Workshop Wednesday: Motivating Writers! - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

Workshop Wednesday: Motivating Writers!

Happy Hump Day!! So glad it's Wednesday... can I get an amen?!?

And it's not just Wednesday, it's...........
Yahoo!! Today's topic: How do you keep your writers motivated to WRITE? It seems like it's all we do all day anymore thanks to Common Core... so how do you get those "I haaaaate to wriiiiiite" kiddos to actually write, and like it? :-P

I have a couple of tricks up my sleeve for sure.

#1: DRAW and write. Oh yes. Most kiddos that don't like to write seem to LOVE to draw (of course, there are always exceptions). Any time that I can allow them some drawing time before (or after) writing time, it seems to motivate them. In fact, right now, we are making an ABC Book of Science and Social Studies content they learned this year, which I'm using for their "last" grade in Science and Social Studies. First, they used their Science and Social Studies notebooks to brainstorm on an alphaboxes organizer. Now, they are drawing an illustration of the word, and writing a few COMPLETE sentences underneath to tell what they learned this year about the topic. This counts as "routine writing" if you ask me! ;-)  If you want to grab the book (with the alphaboxes organizer) while it's on sale (today's the last day!!!) you can pick it up here! But as usual, YOU KNOW ME!! Gotta give it away...I will give the book away to the first 3 people to link up to Workshop Wednesday today!

#2: Two Magic Words: Notepads and Clipboards.
I shared with you in this post how all of my students use yellow notepads to write their rough drafts.
It's good for several reasons: they can distinguish between their rough draft and final draft; it is bigger and has more lines than a composition notebook so they can skip lines like I want them to and not fill 50 pages; and it's YELLOW! Woohoo!! Writing on yellow paper!!! I don't know why, but they love it.

And then, there's the clipboards- I have a class set. Writing at their desk? Boooorrrrrriiiiing. Lay on the floor, or sit against the wall with a clipboard and write? They could write all day! :)

As you can see, these aren't super special extravagant ideas, but they WORK! That is all this linky is about this week- what works for you?

Grab the button, and link your post back here! :) And of course, spread the bloggy love- be sure to comment on and/or follow two other blogs that link up! :)


  1. Writing and drawing go hand in hand! It's so important to let them express them selves with art! Love that idea! I heard about the yellow pads a few years ago but I never used that idea. I need to give that try next year. I also let my kids move around to write. THEY LOVE IT! Such a motivator! Thanks for the linky!
    Beach Sand and Lesson Plans

  2. I am totally going to use yellow notebooks for next year! What a great idea! Do you put them on your supply list for each student to bring in or do you order them in bulk with teacher money?
    Thanks for the link up! :)
    Pinkadots Elementary

    1. I order them in bulk with teacher money! or my money.... :-P

  3. I am for sure using yellow writing pads next year - love that idea! Thanks for hosting this linky each week - everyone shares such fantastic ideas!!

  4. I totally agree on both tips! My big fifth graders love to draw along with their writing, in fact they are doing it now in their ABC books. :)I also agree about the clipboard and notepads, I just hadn't thought of it for writing! Awesome tips. Thanks!
    Brandee @ Creating Lifelong Learners

  5. Love the idea of letting kids use clip boards to lay around the room to write-so much more fun!! I am definitely putting that on my list for things to do next year! :)

    Learning to the Core

  6. I never thought of using notepads for their drafts. I am sure the students love writing on it. It is so true that color paper makes everything better for a 4th grader! Thank you for hosting such an awesome linky party!

    Foreman Teaches

  7. I LOVE the idea of drafting on yellow paper! I'm definitely going to steal that one!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  8. If you have different color or special clipboards, they lose their mind.

    I used to buy colored notebook paper for "publishing". I haven't seen it in a few years. I may have to search this summer for more.


  9. Isn't funny what gets them excited??!! Do you remember that old green and white dot matrix printer paper? I have a case of that I use for revising. It's perfect because they write on the green and edit on the white. They think it's great! I love the topic this week! :O)
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  10. Love the coloured paper and clipboard ideas!!

    x Serena x
    Magic Mistakes & Mayhem

    1. Now I've been blog hopping through the party I have to say THANK YOU!

      I love that there are so many ideas that don't involve "but my new resource"- just amazing tips from everyone! I've already got about six new things to start implementing from this!

      x Serena x
      Magic Mistakes & Mayhem

    2. I agree with Serena! Great linky with lots of ideas! I think I'm your newest follower. I'm off to blog-stalk now! :)
      Thanks for sharing!
      Creating a Thoughtful Classroom


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