Monthly Archive: September, 2015

Dana’s Tweet Roundup

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See some of Dana’s favorite Tweets from September

WRITE. SHARE. GIVE.

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WRITE a slice of life story on your own blog.
SHARE a link to your post in the comments section.
GIVE comments to at least three other SOLS bloggers.

Pushing Through the Mud — Workshop is Messy

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Workshop is messy on any given day, but workshops between procedural lessons and lessons to lift and support writers are the messiest. The only constant I can count on is uncertainty. I watch my young writers at work. I step back to take this all in and think who needs me the most right now, where can I make the biggest impact?

Behind the Scenes at Two Writing Teachers

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In a darkened concert hall, the members of an orchestra sit ready and waiting. The conductor, in black and white coat-tails walks across the stage, gives an appreciative nod to the audience, then steps up… Continue reading

What Are You Doing to Encourage Ownership?

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A writing exercise and some wise words.

Teaching Students to Get Better at Conferring

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Teachers aren’t the only ones who can learn to get better at conferring. So can students!

Let’s invite every writer in our classroom to create mentor texts!

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As a writing teacher, I am always on the lookout for rich and varied mentor texts to share with my students as we work our way through genres and, more importantly, try to live writerly lives…

My Paper Notebook

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Have you gone digital with your writer’s notebook? Or are you still using paper and pen?

WRITE. SHARE. GIVE.

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Jane Kenyon, on writing: Be a good steward of your gifts. Protect your time. Feed your inner life. Avoid too much noise. Read good books, have good sentences in your ears. Be by… Continue reading

Make Your Mark by Blogging!

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I have plans, big plans, for my third grader writers this year. Topping the list is helping them to become bloggers.

Get REALLY Good at Conferring

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Are you new to writing workshop? Are you trying to get better at conferring? Are you having a tough time making conferring work for you? I’ve got seven tips to help you become a stronger conferrer.

From Telling Stories to Writing Stories- It’s all in respecting the process

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I pause to listen to these stories (as best as I can in classroom of 27 six-year-olds, each with a story to share). After they’ve shared their story I comment, “I can’t wait to read that story!” or “Wow, you already have an idea for writing workshop!” Some walk away shaking their heads, eager to write their story, others look at me puzzled as if they aren’t sure why I would say this when they just told me the story. (I often wonder if they’re thinking, “Weren’t you listening?”).

Phonemic Awareness! Yeah!

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Sometimes colleagues tell me that the feel intimidated or uneasy about setting out to teach phonemic awareness, because it all feels so technical. Even the terminology is tricky: phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, phonics… I like to think of teaching phonemic awareness as being just like kindergarteners themselves–complicated indeed, but also a lot of fun.

Slipping Backward

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What do you do when you see the slip?

A Peek Inside Modeled Writing

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Are you always telling your students to add detail? To write more? Here is a sample minilesson to show them how.

WRITE. SHARE. GIVE.

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It’s Tuesday, let’s write! WRITE a slice of life story on your own blog. SHARE a link to your post in the comments section. GIVE comments to at least three other SOLS bloggers.

Building a conferring binder

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Someday, perhaps I will finally make the break from old-fashioned binder to new fangled conferring app. But, for now, I have two just assembled conferring binders with which to begin a year of exciting work…

Teaching Writers about Writing Workshop

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Teaching students about the structures and rationales for writing workshop can lead to greater productivity and independence. This post outlines a minilesson that teaches students what to expect and why during each day’s writing time.

Where Do We Go Next? Use a Checklist!

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Do your on-demand writing samples go into a folder or do they help you plan your next steps?

How does your school mark September 11th?

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I’m compiling a list of tributes classroom teachers and schools do to mark the September 11th Anniversary. Please leave a comment on this post adding what you (and/or your colleagues) do to commemorate this solemn day.