How to Deal with “Too Much” Energy in the Classroom + a Book Giveaway

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Every writing workshop I’ve ever taught or consulted in has had at least one child who is in perpetual motion. Many times, that child is the kid who talks their classmates during independent writing time, interrupts their teacher during a writing conference, or cannot respect their peers’ space in the meeting area. The first few weeks of school are the perfect time to begin conversations about living in a classroom community where all learners have different needs.

Susan Verde, author of Unstoppable Me, chats with Stacey about the ways we can build classroom writing communities that welcome kids with who are often seen as having “too much” energy.

It’s Tuesday! Join the Slice of Life Story Challenge

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It’s Tuesday! Time to write, share and give!

English Language Development Frames

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When my sister and I were kids, we played Super Mario Brothers on Nintendo. I witnessed her saving the princess at least three times during our summer video game marathons. I watched as… Continue reading

Growing Writers: Eight Alternatives to Extrinsic Rewards

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“Social psychology has found the more you reward people for doing something, the more they tend to lose interest in whatever they had to do to get the reward.” – Alfie Kohn (2000).… Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Setting Up for Success in the Middle School Writing Workshop

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As each new year approaches, many of us begin thinking about the physical space(s) we create for our writers.  How might it/they be more effective? Inviting? Or different? The spaces we design for our middle school writers can greatly affect how they “view” writing. Check out this week’s Throwback Thursday for ideas on creating space for writing in the middle school writing workshop!

(Writing) Life Imitates Art: Finding Inspiration in Ralph Fletcher’s Instagram

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The creative lives we maintain outside of writing fill us up as humans with stories to tell. When we bring this life into the writing workshop, it builds community, and it lays the foundation for lifelong writers who have strategies for sustaining their own writing lives.

It’s Tuesday! Join the Slice of Life Story Challenge

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It’s Tuesday! Time to write, share and give!

ICYMI: Nurturing Independence From the Start

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Just in case you missed a post, we’ve got all the links in one place! PLUS–The giveaway winners!

The Importance of Repertoire: Nurturing Independence From the Start

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The truth in writing — and in many aspects of life — is that there isn’t really one way to do anything. The strongest writers understand their options and are flexible and intentional with their choices. That’s repertoire!

Writing Because You Want To: Nurturing Independence From the Start

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How do you encourage students to write at home without mandating they do so? Read on for some ideas! Please share your ideas in the comments and keep our conversation going.

A Writer’s Mindset: Nurturing Independence from the Start

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Does the mindset of our student writers impact their independence? How does OUR mindset impact their independence as writers?
After a lot of researching, reading, writing, and reflecting I’m sharing some insights and steps toward building a growth mindset in our classroom communities of writers. Join in the conversation!

When Writers Choose the Genre: Nurturing Independence from the Start

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We don’t just want writers to be independent writers in our classrooms, we want them to be independent writers in the world! To do that, we need to offer frequent opportunities for them to begin with ideas, then choose genre — instead of the other way around.

The Importance of Establishing Routines: Nurturing Independence from the Start

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There are some routines that are more important to teach than others during the first six weeks of school. In the midst of building classroom community and starting to teach curriculum, there are a dozen routines one can model with students so writing workshop runs efficiently.

Routines and Structures of Writing Workshop: Nurturing Independence from the Start

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In this post, I’ll describe how four parts of writing workshop can foster independence: Minilessons, Independent Writing Time, Partner Time, and the Reflection/Closing.

It’s Tuesday! Join the Slice of Life Community

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It’s Tuesday! Time to write, share and give!

The Importance of Starting Practice with WHY: Nurturing Independence from the Start

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How often do we ask ourselves about what leads our thinking on the teaching of writing? Is our purpose curriculum, or something much more significant? Why do we teach the way we do? And… How do we articulate why this, not that?

Approximation vs. Mastery: Nurturing Independence from the Start

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As our students write this year, it will be important for us to remember that they are still learners, and as such, they will be approximating. It will be unlikely they will reach mastery. Understanding this can actually improve our teaching…

Nurturing Independence From the Start

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This week, the authors at Two Writing Teachers share ideas for building independence in your writing workshops. Here’s a preview of what our series includes.

Why Independent Work Time Matters

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In the spring of 2019, sitting with a small group of 6th grade writers, I shared a video of Jack Ma, speaking on the future of education.  “Education is a big, big challenge… Continue reading

Launching the Year by Connecting to the Known

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Brows furrowed, I stared worriedly at the red marks on my rough draft.  Shifting uncomfortably in the red leather chair, I brought my eyes upward to meet the gaze of the woman sitting… Continue reading