Every Tuesday, we invite you to join the slicing community. All are welcome.
When we start the year off with publishing in mind, we think about the authors.
I love the Oxford comma. But not for the reasons you might think.
Every Tuesday, we at Two Writing Teachers invite you to write and share a slice of your life. Please join us!
My litmus test for the work we do in the classroom pivots on an understanding that collecting one’s own ideas and practicing ways to communicate them will serve students outside classroom walls. And it is with that framing in mind – with children reflecting on their journeys, in carefully selecting the language I use, and in sharing feedback on growth as opposed to the final alone- that I hope to continually communicate the importance of process over product.
In those quick moments between minilesson and work time, as writers are settling in (or not), I pay attention to what is—the current reality. I seek leverage points to both know writers better and to support writers in continuing to grow. Over time, I notice as more and more writers find the processes and strategies that work for them.
On Tuesdays throughout the year, we invite you to share a slice of life story here at Two Writing Teachers. Write your post, share it in the comments, and be sure to leave some comments for other slicers on their blogs.
Last week, I wrote about getting to know students by thinking about their academic knowledge and skills, as well as their use and understanding of language. This week, I shift and consider cultural and social-emotional aspects of students’ identities.
Let’s talk grammar!
Listen-in to a conversation Stacey recently had with Jeff Anderson and Whitney La Rocca about language conventions.
Five Tuesdays in the month of August means five opportunities to write, share, and give!
Who students are and what their past experiences have been impact them as writers, and those impacts should have implications on instruction. Therefore, it’s worth the time and energy to have systems and structures for learning about students as writers in your classroom.
Some thoughts on remembering September 11th, 2001 as the 20th anniversary approaches.
Get ready to add many amazing nonfiction picture books to your TBR list! 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, by Melissa Stewart and Marlene Correia, is THE professional text you need to learn more about the different types of nonfiction and how to enrich your writing lessons through nonfiction mentor texts! Be sure to comment for a chance to win your own copy of 5 Kinds of Nonfiction.
It’s Tuesday! Time to write, share, and give.
Let’s start the year with poetry! I’ve shared some tips, resources, and favorites that will get everyone excited to put pen to paper.
In this post, I’ll share three things I’ve learned from my own school district, where we have many multiage classrooms.
It’s Tuesday! What might you step back and notice in the hustle and bustle of life today? Let’s write, share, and give.
When writers feel empowered to write for their own personal catharsis, it matters. When writers know they will have the opportunity to strengthen their writing alongside peers, it matters. When writers have greater degrees of choice around topic and genre, it matters. And when, at times, there’s a wider audience for writing, beyond classroom walls or the teacher’s eyes alone, there is often deeper motivation.
Lydia M. Sigwarth and her childhood librarian, Deb Stephenson, have created five tips for finding the best ways for libraries and librarians to be a safe haven for disenfranchised children. Check out their tips and then leave a comment on Lydia’s guest blog post for a chance to win a copy of her debut picture book, DEAR LIBRARIAN.
What is a memory? What makes a moment memorable? Were they moments of utter joy and warmth? Or was there embitterment, stress, and even trauma that made it special? For … Continue Reading I Remember