Welcome to our weekly Slice of Life Story Challenge. If you’re a regular participant, then go ahead and link away. However, if you’re new, or are thinking about sharing your … Continue Reading Joining-in & Sharing a Slice of Life
When we think of using mentor texts when teaching writing workshop, often our first thought is to use them at the beginning of a unit of study so students can … Continue Reading Mentor Texts in the Midst of Writing
Everywhere I turn these days, I seem to be faced with another article about education reform. From Time Magazine to The New York Times, it seems everyone is covering education … Continue Reading An Education Reform Article Worth Reading
A view of the Lower Manhattan Skyline on the evening of September 11th, 2010 (from Jersey City, NJ): From 09-11-10 I am one of the New Yorkers who did not … Continue Reading Remembering: Nine Years Later
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you. — Maya Angelou Remember awhile back when I shared about my YA reading life? I promised to … Continue Reading Words that are Speaking to Me
Lindsay Reyes began her teaching career seven years ago in South Carolina where she taught 4th and 5th graders. Following her heart for urban education and literacy reform, she moved … Continue Reading Happy New Year! Using Celebration to Restore and Build our Identities as Writers
If you teach eighth grade or younger, it is highly unlikely that your students personally remember the events of September 11; many of our students weren’t alive when the attacks … Continue Reading Remembering September 11th
Whenever I have the privilege of being in a kindergarten classroom, I’m fairly certain I missed my calling in life. Today was no exception. I am a believer in making stuff in … Continue Reading We’re Making Books!
For many, today marked the start of a new school year. For my son, it marked the start of a school career. He went to school for the very first … Continue Reading Ruth’s SOLS: Starting School.
Mike Wise thought he had a cool idea. “The Washington Post” sportswriter tweeted a phony scoop this week saying that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, suspended by the NFL over … Continue Reading Tweeting Responsibly
Do you know the old saying, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree?” I’m experiencing it first hand. My oldest daughter, Hannah, was given a writer’s notebook by her … Continue Reading One Time Stories
The Two Writing Teachers Facebook Page is updated almost daily with links to our blog posts and links to articles. While it would be nifty to think of having that … Continue Reading Literacy News Delivered to Your Inbox
This is my vision of you on Saturday mornings: A mug of something warm — coffee, tea, or chai — in your hands Snuggled in a comfy chair Allowing peace … Continue Reading Saturday Mornings
This week’s guest blog post is written by Lynnelle Snowbarger who is in her tenth year of teaching fifth grade in the Jenks Public Schools. A frequent participant in the … Continue Reading Best Practices and Tests CAN Go Together
Whenever I used to hear the words “Center Time” I immediately thought about early childhood classrooms. However, that notion changed in 2008 when I created a Poetry Station for my … Continue Reading (Writing) Center Time for Older Students