We Are Writers Here: Part of #TWTBlog’s Throwback Week

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This week on Two Writing Teachers, we are each chosing another co-author’s previously published post to feature as part of our Throwback Week.

Three Favorite Word Wall Games

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  A well-planned word wall allows students to quickly access familiar high frequency words from word study instruction. As they are writing, they can simply glance up, find the word, and continue to write. With… Continue reading

Using Mentor Texts With Students

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Kelly Boswell reminded me of a three step process for using mentor texts with students.

‘Tis the Season… Where Did the Writing Go?

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Maybe you teach in a school where all is calm during the weeks between the end of Thanksgiving weekend and the beginning of Winter break. I do not. (If you do, will you… Continue reading

A Class Hub To The Rescue!

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A class hub can make all the difference for digital writing and learning!

It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

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Happy Thanksgiving from our writing space to yours!

Writing Takes Guts: My Writing Backstory

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The realization of this moment gave me chills and led me to share my writing backstory with Dana. Dana listened and encouraged me to open my presentation with this story. I was hesitant, the experience had halted my inner writer for years. What if sharing it again had the same result?

You Can Write

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Three words that can change a student’s life forever.

It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

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Welcome to Slice of Life Tuesday!

One Little Word Check-In

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Checking in on my 2016 One Little Word…

Conferring with “If… Then… Then… Then…” in Mind

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We can all be a little more like my daughter’s swim teacher, Coach Annie, and a little less like the camp counselors of my childhood. Here’s how.

Setting Up for Writing about History

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Will you be teaching your students to write about history soon? Read this first!

Ways for Caregivers To Support Children’s Writing Lives

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Feel free to add on or share some ideas of how caregivers can support children’s writerly lives.

Nurturing Our Notebook Work

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On Tuesday evening I attended a lecture by Lydia Davis, an award winning writer whose published work includes short stories, essays, novels, and translations of a number of classics including Madame Bovary. Davis’s… Continue reading

The Freedom To Create

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More and more, I’ve been recognizing the need to give students some freedom in their writing lives. Can independent writing time be the answer?

It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

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    Writing gives everyone a voice. What will you put your voice to today? Be an advocate. Stand tall. Stand Proud. Share your Voice.         Presentations If you are attending… Continue reading

The Power of Tools in Teaching and Learning

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Kate brought us in closer to consider the importance of the tools’ accessibility and their effect on learning. Not only do these tools need to be accessible to the students, but students need to understand how and when to use them for learning.

So You Say You’re Not a Writer

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Take a sneak peek at our NCTE presentation. We hope to see you there!

Thinking about Writing Strategies-Inspired by Jennifer Serravallo

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Last week, I attended the Connecticut Reading Association’s convention, and I was lucky enough to hear and see some of my literacy heroes. Jennifer Serravallo presented about writing instruction, and her presentation made… Continue reading

Remember the Power of Writing to Heal

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This week I am again reminded of how life in the classroom intersects with the world outside the classroom. When children come to school having experienced tumultuous or frightening events at home, school is… Continue reading