To date, 37 states and the District of Columbia have voluntarily adopted the Common Core State Standards. Many teachers of writing are nervous about the adoption of the Standards since … Continue Reading Storytelling Helps Kids in Many Ways and Meets the Standards!
I’m pleased to announce the recipient of the Stanley Series Giveaway, sponsored by Kids Can Press. Betsy, who blogs at Learning to Teach Young Writers, is the lucky winner. If … Continue Reading Winner of the Stanley Books Giveaway
Yesterday we hit a new milestone on Two Writing Teachers — over ONE MILLION hits! Thank you for your support and encouragement. In honor of one million, would you take … Continue Reading 1,000,000
Bob Raczka and Peter H. Reynolds‘ new book, Guyku: A Year of Haiku for Boys, was released earlier this month. Guyku is a book of seasonal haiku poems written with … Continue Reading A Poetry Book for Boys
Celebration is the fuel for writers. Sadly, I used to think celebration meant party and party meant fluff. This was an unfortunate misconception. Celebration is an essential component to a … Continue Reading Have you celebrated lately?
This afternoon Stacey said to me, “You don’t know what to do with yourself, do you?” She was right, I had no clue. Afternoons are the busiest part of my … Continue Reading Ruth’s SOLS: Away.
Ruth and I presented twice at the Keystone State Reading Association Conference this past Sunday and Monday. We met lots of great people at the conference and would like to … Continue Reading Fall Literacy Conferences
It’s that time of year for teachers . . . everything is piling-up, we’ve passed the “honeymoon period,” and our lists of things to do could stretch to the moon … Continue Reading Feeling Stressed?
We’re putting the finishing touches on our presentations for the Keystone State Reading Association Conference, which begins today. We’re looking for the fall literacy conference season to begin! (We’ll be … Continue Reading Finishing Touches
I always wanted a flip camera when I was in the classroom so I could capture those students engrossed in their writing, thoughtful peer conferences, and incredible share sessions. However, … Continue Reading Flip Cameras
I wanted to write literature that pushed people into their lives rather than helping people escape from them. — Harvey Pekar
Ruth and I will be presenting twice at the upcoming Keystone State Reading Association Conference in Hershey, PA this-coming Sunday and Monday. Our presentations are scheduled for Sunday afternoon, October … Continue Reading Will you be at KSRA?
Stanley’s Little Sister is the newest book in the Stanley series. (Check out the giveaway Kids Can Press is doing for readers of this blog post. Details follow at the … Continue Reading Beyond Meow and Woof
Recently, I taught a minilesson about showing a story. In typical intermediate grade fashion, students were writing stories filled with struggles, but slim on creating a picture in the reader’s … Continue Reading Showing a Story