Monthly Archive: February, 2011

SOLS Challenge in the Classroom

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I am thrilled to hear so many plans to extend Slice of Life Story Challenge to your classrooms. Thank you to those who have shared their thinking. My friend Ruth Metcalfe (she posts… Continue reading

Important Info if You Wanna Play SOLS Challenge 2011

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Hello writer friends. Are you as excited about the Challenge starting as I am? Here are some important things for you to know if you are planning to join us for Slice of… Continue reading

Words that are Speaking to Me

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“It is important that you say what you mean to say. Time is too short. You must speak words that matter.” — Kate DiCamillo, The Magician’s Elephant

Standardized Writing Prompts

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In Indiana, many students will be taking the state writing test next week. So I’ve been thinking about what is most important for our young writers to know prior to taking the standardized… Continue reading

You Up for a Writing Challenge?

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I’m hoping you plan to join the Slice of Life Story Challenge in March. I’m also hoping you talk to your friends, parents, children, spouses, or strangers in the grocery store line about… Continue reading

What does she mean add details?

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My daughter shook a paper in front my face, with her other hand on her hip she said, “I lost points because she [the teacher] said I have to add more details. How… Continue reading

Slice of Life

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Link your Slice here. Happy writing!

From the Past: Gearing up for a Classroom SOLS Challenge

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In February 2009, Stacey wrote this post about bringing the Slice of Life Challenge into the classroom. Check it out for some of her ideas, including an announcement sent home with students explaining… Continue reading

Sundays for the Soul: A Challenge!

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The Annual Slice of Life Challenge is coming soon! In March, we challenge you to write. Every. Single. Day. I know it’s not easy to write, post, and link every single day in… Continue reading

Words That are Speaking to Me

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Doing the really challenging work of teaching writing can be so lonely when, day in and day out, you seem to be making things more complicated for yourself while everyone around you is… Continue reading

From the Past: Keep Embracing Imperfection

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The power of workshop teaching is the focus on individuals — not products. It’s an essential shift for us to make as teachers of writing. Our energy is behind students — where they… Continue reading

Conferring? Please Help!

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So first, Wow! Thank you for the comments on the last post. You have no idea how comments fuel me as a writer. Thanks for taking the time. And second, I think this… Continue reading

Conferring: Knowing when to walk away

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Conferring is arguably the most important part of writing workshop. It is definitely more important than the minilesson, although I’m not sure it is more important than sharing. That’s not the point of… Continue reading

C’mon & Join Us!

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Only two more Tuesdays until the month long Slice of Life Challenge begins on March 1! If you are considering joining the challenge, I’d like to invite you to give it a whirl… Continue reading

I {Heart} Writing Workshop

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In honor of Valentine’s Day, let’s make a luscious list of all the reasons we love writing workshop. I’ll start the list here and you add to it in the comments. Sweet! Writing… Continue reading

Nonfiction Writing Celebration

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I’ve just gotta tell you, I attended an incredible writing celebration today. Not only was the celebration itself cool, but the way it evolved rocked too. It was a true collaboration. It is… Continue reading

From the Past: Change the World

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Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round heads in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules, and they have no… Continue reading

Voices Matter

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It’s been striking me recently how self-confidence and independence as a writer hinges on knowing your voice matters. When young writers know their words make a difference, then they are more confident, are… Continue reading

Slice of Life Tuesday

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My apologies Early Bird Slicers . . . I fell asleep super early last night & woke up super late this morning. I’m fighting a cold. Still, I can’t wait to read your… Continue reading

It’s a Choice

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This spoke to me from my Twitter feed today: As educators standing in this place in our field, we have a choice. We can look out and see problems and despair or possibility… Continue reading