- Anna Gratz Cockerille is a literacy coach, staff developer, and writer who resides in New York City. She recently co-authored Bringing History to Life with Lucy Calkins, part of the 2013 series Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing. Anna has taught writing workshops and worked with writing teachers from New York to Sydney and lots of places in between. But the important thing about Anna Gratz Cockerille is that she is due to become a mom for the first time in early November.
- Betsy Hubbard is a K/1 looping teacher from Michigan. She has a passion for poetry, which she shares with children and adults through Chalk-a-Bration. Betsy welcomed new Slicers this past March as the head of the Welcome Wagon. But the important thing about Betsy Hubbard is she makes an effort to notice and love everyday, every student, and every moment.
- Beth Moore is a staff developer for the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, traveling around the country to support teachers with reading and writing workshops. She is a co-author of Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing: A Common Core Workshop Curriculum. Beth and her family currently live in Vermont. But the important thing about Beth Moore is that she loves to learn — about anything and everything.
- Dana Murphy is a K-8 literacy coach from Illinois. Last March, she brought the Slice of Life Story Challenge to her district. This year some of the teachers from Dana’s district have rolled out the Challenge with the children in their classrooms. But the important thing about Dana Murphy is that she is the mother of Maddie and Katie, which she thinks is the best job in the world.
- Tara Smith is a sixth grade teacher from New Jersey who helps her students transition from elementary to middle school. She believes in empowering her students’ voices. Tara infused the Slice of Life Story Challenge into her classroom all year last year — and is doing it again with her present classes. But the important thing about Tara Smith is she loves the work she does.
- You’ll still be able to locate this blog by pointing your browser to https://twowritingteachers.wordpress.com.
- The Slice of Life Story Challenge will continue to be hosted here every Tuesday year-round and for all 31 days of March.
- The Writing Teachers will continue to be a place:
- For teachers to be fueled with a passion for teaching, writing, and living.
- For teachers to see the latest in research and ways to apply it in their classrooms.
- For us to “practice what we preach” by sharing our own writing.
- To bring writing teachers together to share ideas and stretch each other’s thinking.
- To reflect on our teaching — celebrating when it goes well and working it out when it doesn’t.
I am a literacy consultant who has spent the past dozen years working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grades K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.
I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).