Monthly Archive: January, 2015

Aim Higher: Conferring and Student Goals

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So, you’ve studied your students’ writing, analyzing their work for strengths and next steps. Maybe you took home a giant stack of writers notebooks, or a huge pile of on-demand writing assessments, or maybe you’ve just finished reading their published pieces. Now what?

Aim Higher: The Rest of the Story

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Earlier in the week Anna talked about making goals visible. This is so true. When we make goals visible for students they are able to go back to that visual multiple times and… Continue reading

Aim Higher: Some Tools For Mid Year Assessments

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At the end of this week, the  second marking period will officially come to an end for many of us, and so will the first half of our school year.  This is the… Continue reading

Aim Higher: Know Students as Writers

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Four ways to help you discover what makes your students tick as writers.

Aim Higher: Why Goal-Setting Matters and Making Goals Visible

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Why Goal-Setting Matters Much has been written about the current environment in education. We can choose to focus on the ways in which fear is driving the work that we do, the ways in which… Continue reading

Call for Slices

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Write, Share, Give

Aim Higher: Setting Goals for Editing

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See how my students set personal editing goals.

Preview: Aim Higher Blog Series

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A preview of our new blog series

Grammar Lessons: A Time and A Place

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Encouraging kids to make decisions about their writing, rather than blindly following grammar rules helps lifts the level of their thinking, and the level of their writing.

The Art of Listening

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Silence. It is the other side of talk. It is the back board of listening. When we are silent it opens up our mind to what is going on around us. It allows… Continue reading

Start thinking about the March Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge!

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         I  know that it’s January, but this really is the perfect time to…start thinking about the March Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge.  Here are some factors to consider:… Continue reading

10 Math & Science Topic Choice Mentors + 10 Book Giveaways

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Do you have students who are interested in math and science, but claim they hate writing or don’t know what to write about in their writer’s notebooks? Here are 10 newer picture books to inspire them to write about their passion.

An Invitation & SOLS

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Because Of a Word

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Kids in grades 3rd – 6th choose One Little Word

Transitional Words and Phrases: Little Words, Big Meaning

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There is something to be said for emphasizing the kinds of words and phrases that may not deliver a whole lot of meaning on their own, but when used within a piece of writing, are meaning powerhouses.

Three Words for Fostering Adventurous Writers: “Just Try It.”

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At our house we have a rule at dinner time: You have to try everything on your plate. Personally, I think it’s a great rule, if I do say so myself. It’s a… Continue reading

Call For Volunteers: Will You Help?

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Can you believe the March SOLSC is just over a month away? We hope you will join us and if you are feeling extra adventurous consider being a volunteer to help with this endeavor!

Setting the stage for writing about nonfiction

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Writing about nonfiction elicits the same initial lack of enthusiasm from my students as reading about nonfiction – a nonfiction affliction that seems, at first, impossible to overcome.    It’s the “dead Presidents and… Continue reading

Curating Mentor Text Collections

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Get started organizing your mentor texts with four digital tools.

Share your Story

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