Writing Workshop is Anticipated

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 Writing is joyful this year.

The Problem with Q&A

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When I was a new teacher, my professors and mentors emphasized the importance of questioning as a teaching technique. We were taught to track the number and frequency of questions we asked, as… Continue reading

Using Digital Tools to Meet the Needs of Developing Writers

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When writing with digital tools, students have the opportunity to design and share writing in a variety of ways that not only add a new aesthetic to writing but more importantly they offer teachers the ability to skillfully and intentionally scaffold writing development.

SOL Tuesday

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WRITE a slice of life story on your own blog. SHARE a link to your post in the comments section. GIVE comments to at least three other SOLS bloggers. It’s a busy time of year! A… Continue reading

Warming up with grammar games

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Before my daughter plays a soccer game or scrimmages, her team goes through several warm-up exercises. Watching the go through the motions, I’m impressed that they all seem to enjoy the warm-ups, and they also can explain the purpose of them.

It has helped me to think of these grammar games as the girls think of their soccer warm-ups. They’re quick, they’re fun, and they’re relevant to writing.

OLW Reflection: Step

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Reflecting on the steps of the year as I watch students taking their own.

What’s the Keynote of the Unit?

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Hurriedly making my way through the front door of the majestic Riverside Chapel on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, I glanced at my watch.  Late, I thought to myself.  Oh well, I’m sure I… Continue reading

Adventures in First Grade Writing

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When you love writing, and love teaching writing, and when you blog often about the teaching of writing, it’s a wee bit awkward when your own first grade son refuses to write in school.

It’s SOL Tuesday!

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Warm up with a story.

Don’t Skimp on the Compliment.

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Mark Twain once said, “I can live for two months on a good compliment.” While our students should regularly receive compliments from their teachers, good ones can fuel their ambition and willingness to stretch themselves as writers.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Two Writing Teachers Team

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On behalf of our team at Two Writing Teachers, I’d like to thank you, our readers, for your dedication to the teaching of writing, and for the incredible community of educators you have helped us to build.

From Markers to Emojis in Digital Writing: It’s All About the Purpose and Voice

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My head was spinning and the next thing I knew I was wondering how the allure of emojis and marking up could lift student voice and motivation in writing

Write. Share. Give.

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What’s new in your world? Share a story and connect with a community. It’s SOL Tuesday!

ICYMI: #TWTBlog’s Homework Mini-Series

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Last week, we hosted a mini-series on homework and the role it plays in elementary and middle school writing workshops.

Ways to Involve Caregivers: Homework and the Writing Workshop

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I don’t remember sharing writing experiences at home when my daughters were in elementary school.

I wish we had.

Nightly Writing: Homework and the Writing Workshop

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Four ways to encourage students to write after the school day is finished WITHOUT assigning writing as homework.

Some Issues to Consider: Homework and the Writing Workshop

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Pushing the dance studio door open, I watched my two daughters and their two best friends bound playfully out to the parking lot.  Walking next to me was Jamie, their mother.  “Sorry,” she… Continue reading

Reimagining Homework: Homework and the Writing Workshop

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This past summer, I found myself questioning homework- why I give it, what it accomplishes and if there might be an alternative.

SOL Tuesday

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Share a story today. It’s Tuesday SOL!

Misunderstandings Within The Writing Process

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The writing process is not always linear, it is not a circle of steps, it is not something that needs to be done the same way twice. The writing process might be different everytime a writer sits down to start. It might be different for someone writing a poem one day and an essay a week later. The writing process is as unique as the writer. Embrace the process and its endless possibilities as students move forward.