Monthly Archive: November, 2013

Does “Published” Need to be “Perfect?”

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There’s a reason for second and third editions of really great books–a writer’s work is never done, and is certainly never, ever perfect.

A Thankful Day

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Thinking about writing a poem? A poem full of Thanksgiving is a great place to start.

Reflections on writing workshop: Sometimes when they say they’re “done” they’re really done

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  copyright: Bill Watterson – Calvin and Hobbes This is pretty much how Josh felt when I pulled my conferring stool up next to his desk yesterday and asked, “So, how’s it going?”… Continue reading

Write, Share, Give: SOLS Time

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“This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until its done. It’s that easy, and that hard.”
― Neil Gaiman

Learning & Connecting at NCTE

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I returned from three wonderful days at the NCTE Annual Convention in Boston late last night. I learned from authors, poets, classroom teachers, literacy coaches, PhD students, university professors, and other literacy leaders. Here’s a sampling of some the things I gleaned at this year’s convention.

Happy Charting: ‘Smarter Charts’ Authors Marjorie Martinelli and Kristi Mraz Share Some Tips for Your Classroom

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It’s always a joy to learn with Majorie Martinelli and Kristi Mraz. In this interview, they share some excellent advice on using charts to support independence in the classroom.

It’s In the Details

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The idea of description and detail has been on my mind since that conference with Kevin. When might writers pause in their narrative to describe with rich detail?

Sneak Attack!

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A project inspired by radio but inspiring to the heart.

Nourishing the writer in the writing teacher.

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All week long, Heinemann Publishing has been celebrating  Don Graves on their Facebook page, featuring his groundbreaking  work, and asking educators this question: To honor Don Graves, help us keep his legacy alive.… Continue reading

SOLS & A New Link

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Before you link your Slice of Life Story today, please take a few minutes to check out our newly designed Slice of Life Information Page!

Electronic Writer’s Notebooks

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It’s hard to know which note-taking or journaling app is right for you ’til you give a few a try. After using Day One, Noteshelf, and Penultimate, I have a better idea of which one suits me the best.

Pens Versus Pencils: Which One is Better for Writing Workshop?

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In my line of work as a staff developer, I often get the question, “Which do you think is better? Pens or pencils?” I have to start by saying that I don’t think… Continue reading

All Because We Shared Our Stories

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Our stories bond us together. I have known this to be true ever since I started writing, but I saw real evidence of it today as I walked down the hallways of my school building.

What Do You Do With a Child Like This?

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Demonstrating that print carries a message is the first and most important step when taking a writer from talking and drawing to writing words.

Close reading leads to close writing: “Falling in Love With Close Reading” in writing workshop

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 I have truly fallen in love with Falling in Love With Close Reading, the just-released book by Christopher Lehman and Kate Roberts.      As with Kylene Beers and Robert Probst’s Notice and… Continue reading

Link Your Slice of Life Story

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Now, it is time to write your slice, share your link, and give some comments to (at least three) other slicers.

Giving Thanks + a Giveaway

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Looking for a pre-Thanksgiving lesson to do with your students? Consider having them write gratitude poems or songs of thanks. Katherine Paterson and Pamela Dalton’s new book, Giving Thanks: Poems, Prayers, and Praise Songs, can be used to inspire their writing. Leave a comment on this post if you’d like to be entered in a drawing for a copy of this book.

ICYMI: A Wrap-Up of the Tailoring Our Teaching Blog Series

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Our first blog series has come to an end. This post recaps the Tailoring Our Teaching Blog Series. Also, we’d like to know what YOU would like to write about the next time we host a blog series on TWT.

Tailoring Our Teaching: Stretching our gifted writers

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     Every year, I have one or two writers who arrive at my sixth grade writing workshop door fully formed: they love to write, they write beautifully, and they write well across… Continue reading

Tailoring Our Teaching with Conferring: The Basics with the Youngest Writers

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What chair are you sitting in when it comes to conferring? Is it too hard, too soft or just right? Read on to find common questions and tips when sitting beside the youngest writers.