It’s Slice of Life 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 SOL bloggers. Today’s inspiration comes from… Continue reading

Writing: A Path to Become an Intentional Educator

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What if there was a way to build in opportunities to reflect, in writing, about my teaching right in the place where the lesson plans reside? And what if that place could also offer daily inspiration and opportunities to set positive intentions for the week ahead?

Protecting Student Writing Time

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My students won’t become writers just because I want them to be writers. Writers need to wallow in new information, time to let all the words, ideas and questions wash over them, connect with their schema, and let the new information become their own.

You Can Find Us at #TheEdCollab Gathering Today

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Beth, Dana, and Deb will be live at 1:00 EST today

It’s a Boy! Share your Joy!

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We have been on pins and needles over here at Two Writing Teachers as Stacey’s due date approached. We have all been anxiously checking our email and text messages for news. Today we… Continue reading

Making Comparisons: A Little Glimpse at Discovering Similes

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This week I’ve been checking and monitoring my students’ work and making plans. I’ve been delving into some fun lessons from, The Big Book of Details by Roz Linder for inspiration and using… Continue reading

Writing in the Great Outdoors

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The director at one school told me, “My main priorities are these: 1) being outdoors, and 2) reading and writing.” My kind of place!

Five Grammar Lessons With Sneaky Double-Duty Goals 

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Check out these quick, easy grammar lessons that will clean up and power up your students’ writing.

Welcome to 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 SOL bloggers. Inspiring words that are… Continue reading

Ideas for planning Small Group Instruction

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Small group instruction is a powerful way to reach and teach more students in your classroom!

Discovering and Developing Student Writer Identity

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For writers to grow, they must develop writer identities. How do we help them do that?

Family Dialogue Journals

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Can a Family Dialogue Journal help build stronger home-school connections through written conversation?

3 Steps to Building A Learning Community: Vision. Intention. Purpose.

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The young writers sitting in our classroom will rise above the fears and struggles of being a writer, but it will take intentional planning, repetitive teaching, daily writing, and reteaching. Writing is hard work. Students don’t become writers because we have writing workshop. Writers become writers because teachers have clear intentions and a vision of what’s possible.

An Easy Guide to Introduce Slice of Life Writing

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Three steps to introduce Slice of Life Writing to your students

Making Progress…Without Getting Frustrated!

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A little reflection after the first days of school.

It’s Slice of Life 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 SOL bloggers. And a little inspiration:

Red Dot Side, Green Dot Side, Revisited

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With very good intentions, we teach kids to do their best to really finish a story before they move on to the next one. However, a little bit of flexibility will go a long way in increasing engagement, volume, and independence in young writers.

Pausing on September 11th

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Today, September 11th, is the fifteenth anniversary of the horrific attacks that took place in 2001. We, at Two Writing Teachers, pause today to remember all the lives that were lost and the… Continue reading

Penguin Problems: A Review & Giveaway

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This penguin has problems. A lot of problems.

Making the Most of Pre-Assessments

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 We spend a week or so sharing stories, and building excitement for writing stories. We hand out notebooks with fanfare, and writers happily personalize them. They brainstorm ideas for stories they could write.… Continue reading