They Are All Precious

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Each life we impact matters.  Each one of the children with whom we interact is currently living into an uncertain future.  Thus, with kindness and resolution, we greet writers each day and do all we can to help them learn what it takes to make their voices heard through the power of the metaphorical pen.  This is our work.

The Notes App and Notetaking In The Multimedia Writing Workshop

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Fast forward, ten months and today I offer you another powerful tool for today’s multimedia writer.

SOL Tuesday

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Stop for a moment today and write.

Reimagining Writing Assessment: A Reflection + Giveaway

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In the opening pages of Maja Wilson’s book, REIMAGINING WRITING ASSESSMENT, Thomas Newkirk gets the ball rolling with this statement, “Rubrics regularly fail to offer help to a writer because they focus on what writing has (features) not what writing does (effect).” Today I’m sharing my reflections as well as offering a giveaway to one lucky reader.

A Writer Emerges: Watching My Daughter Grow as a Writer

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How do you when you are a writer? I’ve been following my daughter’s journey and watching her grow in her belief she is a writer. I’m a believer, too.

Transitioning From Support to Independence

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What areas of independence do you wish writers took on more freely in your workshop?

Getting Started With Beginning Writers, A Review and Giveaway

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In A Teacher’s Guide to Getting Started With Beginning Writers, Katie Wood Ray and Lisa Cleaveland help us think with our beliefs — in the decisions we make, in the questions we ask, in our actions, in the language we use, and in how we see children. In everything we do, we send a message, and that message should align with our beliefs.

Write. Share. Give.

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Welcome to the final month of 2018’s Slice of Life community!

The Joys of Sharing Expository Nonfiction Mentor Texts with Students + a Giveaway

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Consider sharing these six books with your fact-loving students.
Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win all six books for your classroom library.

An Elaboration Tool for Self-reflection and Revision

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“Show don’t tell,” we say over and over to students but–it’s harder than it sounds, though, maybe for multiple reasons.

Strengthening Writing Partnerships, Part I

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A writing partner provides a sounding board and creates a social opportunity for feedback, criticism, and notions of what improvement could look like or sound like. The problem with partnerships, however, is that left to their own devices kids are not very good at being partners. How can we help kids get better? Here are a few strategies…

Digging Into Digital Storytelling

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I found myself thinking about my classroom experiences, wondering how I might be able to help teachers get started and just as I started feeling overwhelmed… I heard these words…

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. I loved this tweet that came up… Continue reading

The Quickwrite Handbook, A Review +Giveaway

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Linda Rief has collected a treasure of mentor texts and created a guide to encourage you to find your own treasures! Start here, get inspired, and then see what you find when you start looking. It can be as small or big as you want when you begin and Linda gives us all the right tools to get started.

Think More, Say More, Write More: Elaborating with Personal Essay

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How do you help writers bridge the gap from paragraph writing to essay writing? What are your favorite strategies for elaboration?

Happy Thanksgiving from #TWTBlog!

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We are grateful for the community of educators who read this blog since you are invested in constantly improving the teaching of writing for your students. 

Words Don’t Make a Writer: Supporting Emergent Writers Who Are Not Yet Writing Words

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Are we putting additional stress and pressure on kids to write words? With purpose and joy, kids can go from compliance to engagement and become the kinds of writers who add words as powerful information to their books.

It’s Tuesday! Welcome to Slice of Life!

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Welcome to Slice of Life! I am sharing a screenshot of an important reminder from author Anne Lamott. At Ted.com, she has thirteen more reminders about living the life of a writer. If… Continue reading

Continuing to think about our mentor texts

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While we have to ask ourselves questions about where books fit into our curriculum and how books support mindsets, now, more than ever, we should be asking how the books we use promote social justice and cultural awareness. These questions do not apply only to the books we offer students to read, but also the books we use to teach students to write. 

A Few Ways to Empower Writers Using Mentor Texts

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It could be said that what sets a writing workshop apart from other approaches to teaching writing is a focus on empowerment. Here are a few ways to empower writers when it comes to mentor texts…