Picture Books in Secondary Classrooms

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Picture books are short, visual, and engaging, which makes them perfect for using as mentor texts with elementary AND secondary students.

Fast Forward to Today: 7 Things I Want the Writers in my Classroom to Know

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A year ago, I wrote a post titled, 7 Things I Want the Writers in my Classroom to Know. In this post, I wrote about what I knew about being a writer and what I thought the writers sharing our classroom should know about being a writer. Today, I offer an update after an another year of writing.

Writing Through the Hard Parts

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How can we teach our students to trust the writing process?

Going Digital #BeBrave

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Follow me this year as I try for the fifth time to go digital. Some say, “third time’s the charm.” It wasn’t for me. Maybe the fifth time, with some extra determination, will do the trick!

A Game Plan for Writing Workshop Transitions

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Have you ever visited a colleague’s classroom or watched a video of a lesson and wondered, “How are those kids so perfect? How do they seem to know exactly what to do, the… Continue reading

Remembrance Ideas for the September 11th Anniversary + a Book Giveaway

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Educators from around the country share the ways in which they teach about September 11th to their students. This post includes programming and writing ideas, as well as links to videos and picture books you can read aloud. Finally, there’s a giveaway of a brand-new picture book that deals with September 11th.

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.

Nurturing Our Writing Lives: 5 Ways to Keep Writing

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How can we nurture our own writing lives once the school year begins? 5 ways to help us keep writing.

Straight From Students: Why Teachers Should Write

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During the last week of school, I met with a group of fourth graders to have an end of the year reflective conversation. We can learn so much about what to do throughout… Continue reading

Close Writing: Review and Giveaway

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“Mrs. Sokolowski, I’m done!” It’s a refrain I’ve heard often from students, who tell me they are completely finished with a piece of writing. More times than not, as I read the student’s… Continue reading

Students Writing: Day One and Every Day

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Uncovering the various layers of a student takes time, intention, and writing.

Using a Writing Survey

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How do you get to know the writers in your classroom at the beginning of the school year?

#NCTEchat Preview: Why Writing Workshop?

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Join us for a discussion centered on why writing workshop WORKS!

Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge

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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.

Getting to Know Your Writers: Three Assessment Ideas You May Not Have Considered

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Sometimes it takes a little extra research to get to know kids in order to inspire them. How do you get kids to pour their little hearts out onto the page, if they feel like you barely know them at the start of the year?

Making the Classroom a Place for Everyone

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Establishing expectations, student goals, and classroom norms from the start will help you and the paraprofessional move forward as a team who operates with the best interest of the children first.

Maximizing the Adult Resources in Our Classrooms

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Over the summer, a few of us at TWT all received questions about how to manage extra adults in the classroom. Today and tomorrow, Deb and I have begun our own little mini-series… Continue reading

It’s Not Just About the Notebook

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  I started this summer with  this confession to all of you about my less than steady notebook habit. And after I let you in on my little secret, I dusted off my notebook,… Continue reading

Post-its and PD: Crafting a Writer’s Statement

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When was the first time you felt like a writer? My earliest memory of being a writer was creating stories that my Grandma used to tell. She invented characters: “Good Gertie,” “Bad Betsy,” and… Continue reading

Because Kids Need to See Themselves in Books: My #PB10for10

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Today is Picture Book 10 for 10, which is a community of educators who share “must-have” picture books for classrooms. My list includes stories that will inspire children to write about their own experiences in new ways.