A Guide on the Side

It's still summer, but I'm thinking ahead to winter. I'm picturing writing workshop time mid-way through the year: Students are busy at the computers, working with an intensity that's balanced by smiles and the occasional excited whisper, "Did you see my comment yet?" Each student is fully engaged in writing comments that provide helpful feedback on their classmates' writing and I am just where I want to be at this time in the school year: being a guide on the side.
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