Thinking Big About Writing

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The writing work in our building is transforming, and it is exciting to be a part of the change, to witness the impact on kids as we make our workshops increasingly authentic and compelling.

We are constantly reflecting on what’s working—what’s leading to measurable shifts in how we plan for writing (and how kids experience writing)—as well as where we might be getting stuck: places there is genuine motivation to transform the task, and yet, our best intentions are still missing the mark in some significant way.

All About the 2020 Classroom SOLSC

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Blogging is a way to help students develop voice, a sense of audience, build digital citizenship, sharpen writing skills and connect to each other in new ways. Are you ready to sign your students up for the April 2020 Classroom SOLSC? Read on for all the details!

Overview of the 13th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge

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This March, we’ll host the 13th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge.

Kindergarten Forest School: Integrating Writing with Nature and Play

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Whether you’re looking to begin a Forest School routine, connect children to nature, or integrate writing with play, this post outlines ways to begin.

Write. Share. Give. #SOL20

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Words collected can become a story told.

Engaging a Writer’s Emotional Awareness

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I’m on a path to understanding how emotions connect to engaged writers. Today I’m sharing some resources to bring you along with me.

A Peek Into the Start of an Information Unit

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When we show students examples of what they should be creating before and during their writing, we are, in many ways, providing them a figurative ride up the chairlift with many good skiers in front of them. In two separate classrooms, I introduced an information writing unit with a classroom teacher with a pile of books and writing samples and the students sitting in a circle. “Your job,” I said, “is to look at these books and pieces like writers. What did the author do? How did they do it?”

The Importance of Audience

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When we create space for our students to have authentic and meaningful experiences, we shift the learning and growing of the writer. Something extraordinary happens deep inside a writer that excites and illuminates purpose when publishing for an authentic audience.

Creating Comfortable Inviting Spaces For Our Readers And Writers

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Creating a space that offers flexible seating options is a conscious act of kindness that students feel. We want our classrooms to invite children both physically and emotionally to dive into their important work as readers and writers.

Ready. Set. Write! #SOL20

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It’s a new year and a new hashtag! #SOL20

Seeking Prize Donations for the 2020 Slice of Life Challenge

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The Slice of Life Story Challenge 2020 is right around the corner! Would you consider supporting the cause?

Resolve to Join the Welcome Wagon!

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Is one of your resolutions to find ways to help others? The Welcome Wagon might be for you! Read on to find out how you can join the 2020 March SOLSC Welcome Wagon!

A Few Reasons to Stop Writing on Student Work

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Even if you were somebody who enjoyed your teachers’ written comments or corrections on your papers, there are some solid reasons to consider not writing on your students’ work.

One Little Word Roundup, 2020

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We’re pleased to share our OLW choices for 2020 and invite you to do the same!

Write. Share. Give.

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As one year ends, and a new one begins, it is the perfect time to share your story.

Write. Share. Give.

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It’s always a good time to write, give and share! Read today’s post to find an inspirational video from the late Amy Krouse Rosenthal, “7 Notes on Life.”

Write. Share. Give.

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It’s a great day for a slice of life story! What stories must you share today?

TWT Winter Recess and Holiday Wishes

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It is the time of year we are pausing at Two Writing Teachers and taking a short winter break. While we’re looking forward to our blogging break, we have a lot in store for 2020!
Find out more in this post.

Something Do-Able to Try: The Editing Minute

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Most of us probably do it without even thinking much about it, but our young writers might not have developed this important habit.

Interview with Teacher and Author Kate Narita + Giveaway

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4th grade teacher and published author, Kate Narita, answers my questions today about being a writer and an educator who is currently in the classroom. Be sure to comment for a chance to win a copy of Kate’s book 100 Bugs! A Counting Story, a class set of bookmarks, and a 15 minutes Skype with Kate!