It’s Slice of Life Tuesday!

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It’s Tuesday! Before you write, share, and give, please check today’s post to find a link to a podcast featuring one of our longtime dedicated Slicers, Lisa Corbett! She talks about the SOLSC and what it means to be a teacher who writes.

It’s SOL Tuesday!

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

It’s Slice of Life Tuesday!

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

July Vacation

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Summer is here and we are taking a break before August hits!

Summer Notebook: A Worthy Mission

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As teachers, most of us view summer as a much-needed period for decompression and recharging.  But as teachers of writing, there are likely several  of us who see summertime as a valuable opportunity to prepare.  One thing I plan to do is purchase a summer notebook…

OLW CHECK-IN: EMBRACE

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Maybe it was Betsy’s post, OLW Check-in: Note that first brought the whispers.  As I read her post and thought about my final week of school I heard the whispers grow louder.  Embrace. 

Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge

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Welcome to the Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge!

Memory Chains: A Strategy for Writer’s Notebooks

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Here’s a fun strategy you can try to generate writing in your notebook this summer. Come back-to-school time, you can teach your students how to use this strategy if they get stuck.

Let’s Pretend!

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We encourage fantasy play at choice time and outdoor play. We teach readers to pretend to be characters as they read. When role-playing is a natural and essential part of childhood, why wouldn’t we encourage our young writers to make-believe?

Watching Our Word Wall Come Alive

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Read this post for the story of one classroom’s creative celebration of word wall words.

Write to the Finish!

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It’s the final countdown to summer for me and my third graders. Here are some ways we’ve used writing to end the year in a meaningful way.

Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge

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Welcome to the Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge!

Personalizing charts to foster intention and independence

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More and more, another way we’ve been making sure that charts become part of our writers’ toolbelts is to create individual ones that are either the same as the ones on the wall or close enough that they don’t require instruction for students to access.

OLW Check-In: Note

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How’s your OLW going this year? Mine has been popping up again recently and reminding me to make more of an effort.

Enlisting Writing Support from Parents

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Parents can be a tremendous educational resource.  Yet, in middle school it can be challenging, as developmentally our students are beginning to morph from children into young adults. Thinking about next year, I have drafted some ideas for partnering with parents on how to help their kids become stronger writers.  How might parents provide support in the way writing workshop teachers believe is most helpful?  Here are a few ideas…

Scaffolding Student Blogging: Setting Students Up For Success

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Using what we know about best practice and scaffolding writers, our blog writing begins.

Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge

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Welcome to our community or writers, readers, and commenters.

One Line a Day

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One reason we write is to help us remember. As a result, a line-a-day journal is a great way to inspire kids to write daily all summer (and maybe all year) long.

Six REAL Purposes For Kids to Write This Summer and Beyond

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We do all we can to keep kids writing over summer. But are we assigning tasks and busywork, or actually enriching their writerly lives?

I’ve created a tool to share with families and students of all ages to inspire writing for REAL purposes this summer and beyond.

Teach Kids How To Teach Minilessons

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Teaching kids how to teach a minilesson might be easier than you think.