Monthly Archive: February, 2013

Hosting a notebook SOLSC for your students?

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Even if your students won’t be blogging in March, you can still dip-in & dip-out of the Classroom Challenge in one of two ways.

It’s okay to say “no.”

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People are always going to want a piece of your time. It’s up to you to find a way to balance it while maintaining happiness. Therefore, it’s okay to say “no.”

A Little Conferring Secret

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Often, one of the things people mention after observing me confer is my wait time. I shouldn’t be surprised by this because it has become a typical response to my conferring style. However,… Continue reading

Q&A About the Upcoming Classroom SOLSC

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Watch a video call I had with elementary school students from Julie Johnson’s school about the upcoming Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge.

A Slicer Data Form

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After you link your slice of life story, please fill out the form if you’re planning to participate in the Sixth Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge. It will help us keep track of who’s participating in the Challenge AND will assist with prize distribution in April.

5 Reasons to Keep Conference Records

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Conference records hold you accountable for meeting with everyone. I know there are lots of students who need you. I know there are students who you think won’t get going until you talk… Continue reading

Working through Confusion

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Around here everyone is hunkered down on a snow day. I’m thinking it might be a sign to some that it’s a perfect day to start a blog. (If you’re not on a… Continue reading

Learning the Language of Lawyers: Writing Compelling Arguments

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We are thrilled and honored to be guest blogging here this week.  We are both huge fans of the blog, the Two Writing Teachers community and of Ruth and Stacey’s work. Having recently… Continue reading

Revealed #slice2013

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Here are the Slice 2013 buttons. Please notice there are two different buttons. One for our traditional challenge… Another for the classroom challenge… These are the official buttons for the 2013 Slice of… Continue reading

Introducing Our SOLSC Support Team

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Last month I asked for assistance with the upcoming Slice of Life Story Challenge from fellow slicers. The response was tremendous! We now have a team of volunteers who are committed to making… Continue reading

Rest.

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Today was a holiday from school. Ever since we’ve added a sixth member to our family, I’ve been conscious about rest. Not just about sleep, but about relaxing and staying away from screens… Continue reading

Essential Info About the First-Ever Slice of Life Classroom Challenge

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The nuts and bolts you need to know to participate in our first-ever online Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge with your students.

Friendship recharges our spirit.

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Recharge your spirit by connecting with a dear friend. If you can’t physically meet up, then pick up the phone or Skype with him/her.

Q&A with Patricia MacLachlan + a Giveaway

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Like you, I read lots of books.  One of my favorite authors has long been Patricia MacLachlan, who I believe is one of the most exquisite writers of our time.  Her newest book,… Continue reading

Words that are Speaking to Me

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Try to remember tenderness is more important than technique. {Ralph Fletcher}   (I think this may become my new mantra when thinking about teaching writers. Not only does it apply to all aspects… Continue reading

Prizes for the 6th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge

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The Sixth Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge runs from Friday, March 1st – Sunday, March 31st.  Anyone who participates in the adult challenge (not the classroom challenge) for all 31 days of… Continue reading

Why bother with a hashtag when you post your slice?

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I’m nearing 1,000 Tweets. This is shocking to me since I was resistant to signing up for a Twitter account. I had a-go with it and got into a groove with it in… Continue reading

Conferring

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Deb Gaby said this to me last week: Conferring is the heartbeat of workshop. I have to agree. Conferring is the way we gauge if our instruction is effective. It is the way… Continue reading

Braving the Challenge: A Guest Post by Beth Scanlon

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Braving the Challenge Inspired by my writing and the other Slicers’ work during the Slice of Life Challenge (SOLC) in March 2012, I decided to attempt the same with my ninth grade students… Continue reading

Finding a Space to Write

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I’m a big advocate for writers to find a space that works best for them. I also think it’s important for students to learn to write anywhere. I’m productive as a writer because… Continue reading