Resetting Student Ownership and Student Responsibility

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We realized our students needed to revisit why they are reading and writing in reflection to their current needs as readers and writers. Our work has shifted from the skills of learning to decode, spell, and use conventions to inferring, synthesizing, identifying and applying craft techniques, using voice, and then sharing our synthesized thoughts and stories with others.

SOL Tuesday

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Our weekly call for slice of life stories + some information about our upcoming March writing challenge.

First-Time Slicer FAQs

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Have questions about the upcoming SOLSC? Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions. If your question wasn’t answered in the post, then please leave a comment on this blog post OR contact us via e-mail.

Participant Information Form #sol17

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Attention first-year and returning Slicers: Please fill out this year’s participant information form. Filling out the form takes less than five minutes and helps with timely prize distribution in April.

A Baker’s Dozen

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Lee Ann Spillane, a high school teacher, asserts that sharing stories at a common table is what the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge is all about.

Pausing to Reflect: Personal Essays

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My third graders are wrapping up their unit on personal essay. While some have grasped the structure and have articulated reasons and examples to support their argument, others have struggled to understand the concept of an essay. I want to take some time to think about what went right when teaching this unit and where the breakdowns occurred.

Three Ways to Teach Empathy Inside Writing Workshop

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This video, narrated by Brene Brown, has been viewed over 7,000,000 times. Empathy is more complicated than its twin sister, sympathy. Empathy is a challenge for a lot of people–not just kids. The great… Continue reading

10th Annual SOLSC Prize Reveal

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Don’t let those self-doubting dialogues, “There is no way I can write for 31 days, what am I thinking,” creep into your brain! But, in case you need a prize more tangible than the rewards of writing every day, we’ve sweetened the deal with a prize reveal. You cannot possibly consider turning back now!

Time for SOL Tuesday

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Gear-up for our month-long writing challenge by participating in the Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge today. All you have to do is write your story, share the link to it on this blog post, and then give at least three other writers some comment love.

On the Pitfalls of Hiding Out

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Sometimes in a busy and chaotic schedule, we inadvertently miss attending to some of our students who like to “fly under the radar.” Being systematic and intentionally positive can make a big difference for some of our writers.

A Third-Grade Teacher and Her Students Dive Into the Classroom SOLSC

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Shelly Surridge and her third-grade students have been slicing for the past few years. In this post, she’ll encourage you to join them online next month.

Tips, Tricks, and Routines for Making Your Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge a Success

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Katy Collins, a sixth-grade teacher, has been slicing with her students for several years. If you’re thinking about participating in the Classroom SOLSC with your students, then you’ll want to read her post.

The Importance of Science: My 2017 #NF10for10 Selections

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These ten picture books will not only teach students about important topics in science, but they’ll also help kids become better writers.

Setting Goals With Students

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Once we teach students about goals and the importance of them in our lives, we can use the accompanying language in all aspects of their, and our own, learning.

The Power of Silence in Conferring

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I took a deep breath and paused a long pregnant pause. My next words needed to be just right.

Introducing Our New Co-Author

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There’s a new middle school and coaching voice on our team!

SOL Tuesday

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Please write your Slice of Life Story, share your link, and give at least three comments to other Slicers.

ICYMI: Authentic Purposes for Writing

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Thank you for joining us for our blog series Authentic Purposes for Writing. Melanie said it well with the introductory words in her post, “We all agree that our students will benefit from… Continue reading

Watch. Look. Listen: AUTHENTIC PURPOSES FOR WRITING

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Writing is a stalwart act. Through writing, we express ourselves, uncover feelings, tell our stories, organize our schedules, share our beliefs, and change our world. To some students (and even adults) writing can seem like a monumental task and writing may feel cumbersome. But when you think of the necessity of writing in our lives, writing is unavoidable.

Writing for Audience: Authentic Purposes for Writing

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Sometimes we write to clarify our thinking or record a moment so it won’t be lost in our memories. Other times we write to entertain, inform, or instruct. Recently, many of us have… Continue reading