Welcome to Day Three!
WOW. What an amazing community this is. We at Two Writing Teachers, including Stacey, our pioneer, the five of us new to the writing team, and our veteran Slicers, have been blown away by the level of participation in this March’s SOLSC. Thank you all for making this year’s kick-off a smashing success.
Hopefully your students are off to a great start and are filled with energy for writing. Here are a few notes, based on some things that have come up over the last couple of days.
- When you leave a link on the Classroom Challenge post, please make sure the link goes to a page where your students’ blog entries can easily be found. It’s fine if this “round up” or “landing page” is simply a list of links.
- When commenting on other class’s posts, you can leave a comment for the entire class on the teacher’s round up page, or of course you can click on individual students’ links and leave comments there. Don’t forget to leave at least three comments, and encourage your students to do the same.
- We’ve noticed that some of you have captcha images turned on on your blogs in order to discourage spam messages. While we whole-heartedly agree with you in our distaste for spam, having these images on slows others down when they are commenting on your blog. Also, captcha images make commenting on a smart phone much tricker. In order to be as welcoming as possible, we recommend turning off the captchas, just for the Month of March. Of course, if you choose not to, we understand!
Here is a recap of the essential information from Day One, in case you missed it.
If your students are slicing from their personal blogs, then you should link their blog posts together using your classroom or personal blog. Then, share the permalink to the location of the “round up” of student slices. (Click here for more information on how to do this.)
- If you haven’t read the Essential Information post, then please click here to read it now before you post the link to your students’ slice of life stories. Don’t forget to keep your students’ identities anonymous for their protection.
- Only post the link to your students’ slices of life here. Do not post the link to your personal slice of life stories here. Go to Stacey’s daily call for individual slice of life stories to post your personal slice.
- If this is the first comment you’ve left on Two Writing Teachers, then we will have to moderate your comment. We will be checking throughout the day in order to get your links up for the community as soon as possible. As long as you use the same username/email to log in going-forward, your comments should appear instantly in the future.
- Any questions, please contact one of our volunteer concierges. (Click here for more information on how to work with our concierges.) If your last name begins with A-M, contact Linda Baie: LindaB414[at]gmail[dot]com. If your last name begins with N-Z, contact Margaret Simon: margaretsmn[at]gmail[dot]com or her school email: masimon[at]iberia[dot]k12[dot]la[dot]us.
Finally, we invite you to grab the classroom SOLSC button in either English or Spanish and use it on your blog.
- 31 Slices (ideas for topics)
- Essential Information (includes classroom materials, details on Twitter hashtags, and thoughts about commenting)
- Q&A About the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge (watch a video call with elementary school students)
Anna is a staff developer, literacy coach, and writer, based in New York City. She taught internationally in places such as Sydney, Australia; San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and Auckland, New Zealand in addition to New York before becoming a staff developer for the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University (TCRWP). She has been an adjunct instructor in the Literacy Specialist Program at Teachers College, and teaches at TCRWP where she helps participants bring strong literacy instruction into their classrooms. Anna recently co-wrote Bringing History to Life with Lucy Calkins, part of the 2013 series Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing (Heinemann). She has been a researcher for Lucy Calkins, contributing especially to Pathways to the Common Core (Heinemann, 2012) and Navigating Nonfiction (Heinemann, 2010).