Monthly Archive: October, 2015

Tara’s Tweet Roundup

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It’s the end-of-the-month curated collection of writing Tweets!

Writing Lessons Inspired by Guy Fieri

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We can teach students about improving their writing process and to write with detail and voice by watching Guy Fieri on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”

Writing Workshop is Hard Work

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Last Thursday, I endeavored to explain writing workshop to parents in my district at Parent University. As I drove home after the presentation, I felt unsettled, like there had been a gap in what the parents were hoping to learn and what I delivered. What would you be sure to include in a presentation to parents on writing workshop?

An Anchor Chart Mashup

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Come along as I take you on an anchor chart tour in the classrooms of our school.

WRITE. SHARE. GIVE. #TWTBlog

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Share your Slice today with the Two Writing Teachers community. Just do it.

Bookends of Writing Workshop

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…in our classroom the tie between the opening and closing of the workshop seems to be the “salt of the workshop.”

Writing Mantras for the New School Year: Part of #TWTBlog’s Throwback Week

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Did you know that talking to yourself can be really helpful? It’s true! Researchers have long known that positive self-talk can be an incredibly helpful tool. The power of positive self-talk is something that… Continue reading

The Physical Act of Writing — PART OF #TWTBLOG’S THROWBACK WEEK

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In this throwback post, Stacey gives strategies and tips for our youngest writers. She lays out ideas, in a practical way for the classroom, helping students develop the skills necessary for the physical act of writing.

Essential Thoughts: Building a Community of Writers — Part of #TWTBlog’s Throwback Week

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Throwback week continues on Two Writing Teachers. Today, Anna throws back to Deb, who shared how to foster deep writing community bonds back in August.

MAKING A CHART: WHEN I’M DONE WITH MY WRITING: PART OF #TWTBLOG’S THROWBACK WEEK

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I love this post by Dana, in which she takes us into an extraordinary first grade classroom. Here, Mrs. B. demonstrates two great teaching moves…

Writing in Preschool — Part of #TWTBlog’s Throwback Week

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Betsy Hubbard wrote a series of posts on writing in preschool last year. Her preschool series was not only informative about the ways to teach writing to three- and four-year-olds, but it conveyed a deep and genuine respect for our youngest learners. Let’s take a look back at what Betsy had to say about these emerging writers.

Writing about Reading: Considering Perspective Paves the Way for Critical Thinking— Part of #TWTBlog’s Throwback Week

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Growing up the younger sibling of a sister with pervasive disabilities was a crash course in perspective. The lessons I learned from my sister have made me who I am. Lessons packed with… Continue reading

It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give. #TWTBlog

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It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

Pump Up the Volume! -Part of #TWTblog’s Throwback Week

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In this throwback week post, Beth Moore brilliantly shares great ideas to help students “pump up their volume”- just what my 3rd graders need!

Notes from the TCRWP workshop with Carl Anderson: Writing With Mentor Texts — Part of #TWTBlog’s Throwback Week

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It is Throwback Week on Two Writing Teachers! Revisit this post from Tara on analyzing mentor texts in your classroom.

Working Together to Support All Kids: Getting all the Adults in the Classroom on the Same Page

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s a literacy coach, part of my role is to support teachers with how to work together with all the professionals who will come in and out of their reading and writing workshop. Lately, I’ve been brainstorming with some super smart teachers to figure out how we can get all the grown-ups in a classroom to be more consistent with one another.

Revisiting the OLW

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Time to reflect on your OLW and to start thinking of the new year!

Politics, Heated Debate, and Most Importantly: Angling Evidence to Support Persuasive Writing

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To be an effective democratic citizen, the ability to engage in debate is crucial. For anyone remotely interested in politics (don’t worry, I won’t stay on this topic long, I promise!), debate is… Continue reading

WRITE. SHARE. GIVE. #TWTBlog

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It’s Tuesday! Write, Share, Give.

How to Assess Students’ Digital Writing – Ideas from Troy Hicks’ New Book

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In Assessing Students’ Digital Writing:Protocols For Looking Closely, Troy Hicks and a team of forward looking educators have given us lenses through which to appreciate and evaluate the type of digital creativity that students seem adept at…