Monthly Archive: February, 2016

February Writing Tweet Roundup!

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It is my pleasure to share with you my favorite tweets related to the teaching of writing from February!

The Big Book of Details: A Review & Giveaway

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Are you always telling your students to add detail? This book is for you. Enter to win a copy!

Success, Struggles and Strategies~ Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge

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When @cathymere first asked if I planned to participate in the 30 days writing challenge my answer was, “Yes! My class will love the idea of a challenge, and they write every day in our writing workshop, so why not!” After my rather impulsive “Yes” I reflected on the writers in my class and began wonder what this challenge would look like in our classroom.

Instant Minilesson Follow-Up

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A strong active engagement, and a routine for informally assessing student work during the minilesson can give you the tools you need to be sure that no student leaves the meeting area completely confused.

Where’s The Dialogue: Part Two

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A few comments last week got me thinking. Hopefully, you will find this resource useful and purposeful within your workshop.

FAQs for Slice of Life Story Challenge Participants

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Have questions about the upcoming SOLSC? Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions. If your question wasn’t answered in the post, then please leave a comment on this blog post OR contact us via e-mail.

SOL Tuesday & ONE Week Until the March Challenge Begins

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Here’s the weekly link-up for slice of life stories.

Writing Workshop with Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

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A joyous celebration of what writing workshop could be with Amy Ludwig VanDerwater.

Slicer Participant Information Form

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Attention first-year and returning Slicers: Please fill out this year’s participant information form. Filling out the form takes less than five minutes and helps with timely prize distribution in April.

Educators as Writers: A Follow-Up Conversation

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Should educators be writers? The conversation continues! We welcome your voice and ideas on how we can spread the word that when educators write, students grow as writers!

9th Annual SOLSC Prize Reveal

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We have been working hard behind the scenes in preparation for the 9th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge.  Are you participating this year?  Check back on our blog Sunday to sign up!… Continue reading

Nonfiction Picture Book 10 for 10

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Today is the annual Nonfiction Picture Book 10 for 10, hosted by Cathy Mere from Reflect and Refine, Mandy Robek of Enjoy and Embrace Learning, and Julie Balen of Write at the Edge. This is my fourth year participating in this event, which provides me with a chance to share ten nonfiction picture books I have been using as mentor texts with elementary school writers.

Helping Parents See Student Writing with a Writer’s Eye

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We come together in the interest of supporting and celebrating the student, it’s important to help parents see the work of their child on a deeper level.

“I want to give you a compliment.”

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The next time you are conferring, try this neat little tip that one of my wonderful colleagues shared with me.

SOL Tuesday & TWO Weeks Until the March Challenge Begins

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Here’s the weekly link-up for slice of life stories. In addition, find out more about the #SOL16 Twitter Chat we’re hosting tonight.

Where is the Dialogue?

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Adding dialogue to a piece can a be a great means of adding voice and detail, but I’ve found it doesn’t necessarily come naturally for third-graders. They needed a nudge and some guided direction.

Waving the White Flag on Valentine’s Day!

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There are some days in an elementary school teacher’s life where the white flag must be waved. Halloween. The day before holiday break. Pajama Day. Crazy Hat Day. And, of course, Valentine’s Day…

Sometimes we only write in writing workshop

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My sixth graders have been busy drafting their feature articles this week, and I had a series of mini lessons planned to begin each writing workshop day. My students, however, had other ideas.

A Book for Passionate Creators + a Giveaway

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Have you lost your muse? Create Now is the kind of book you need to help you transform your creative process and get you inspired to write.

When Revision Doesn’t Work

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I used to think professional workshops were where you would go to get answers, but now I know that the best ones are where you find more questions.