Monthly Archive: April, 2016

Engaging with Preschool Writers

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Last week, I encouraged a group of preschoolers to write books about their experiences. It went better than I expected.

Make Writing: A Book Review

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Make Writing: 5 Teaching Strategies That Turn Writer’s Workshop Into a Maker Space is a “MUST READ” for writing teachers. It is a quick read (less than 100 pages), inspiring, practical, and very current, as “maker spaces” are a hot topic in education today. These strategies can be used with all age levels, bring fresh energy to writing workshop, and allow for more students to find their voices as writers.

How Do We Develop a Writing Identity?

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How can we help students develop identities as writers?

Write. Share. Give.

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It’s Tuesday! Happy Slicing

Planting Seeds for Poetry

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Dropping poetry in our classroom silently was like sprinkling seeds and the students (in the classroom and our mentors in Ms. Haseltine’s classroom in Virginia) acted as the fertilizer. The students were learning about poetry and becoming poets before we had any lessons. From this point on, our study of poetry became an enlightenment of the curiosity and noticings of the students.

Contributing Writers

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After nearly three years of being outstanding collaborators on Two Writing Teachers, Anna Gratz Cockerille and Tara Smith have decided to transition from co-authors to contributing writers. To find out why and what that means, please read their words in this post.

ICYMI: School Leadership Blog Series on #TWTBlog

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Over the past week we’ve had the honor of hosting posts from school leaders including principals, superintendents, curriculum coordinators, supervisors, and directors. Their posts brought a different perspective to our community here at Two Writing Teachers and we thank them for that.

Turkeys and the Teaching of Writing: School Leadership Blog Series

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Our children are not all the same. Nor should their art be, nor their writing.

Integrating Technology into Writing Workshop: School Leadership Blog Series

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Our district’s mission is to give voice and choice to our learners. Teachers frequently incorporate technology into writing workshop, in order to differentiate approaches to writing, to add depth to informational and argumentative writing, and to support conferencing with writers. As an administrator, I have found this to be a huge benefit to both our writing instruction, and to achieving the district mission.

Thoughtful Teaching of Test Writing as a Genre: School Leadership Blog Series

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Test writing is a genre and has a specific audience and our students are better prepared to meet the demands of the genre when we teach into it.

Personal Passion Creates Magic: School Leadership Blog Series

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Leaders must model the same passion for learning that we expect teachers to model for students. Leaders build relationships, they get to know their team, and they encourage passion.

Write. Share. Give

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What’s happening in your world today? Share your slice!

I Wrote This: School Leadership Blog Series

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Finding a way to actively model the things that we want for our teachers, students, families, and community members helps move everything forward…but most of all, it really makes you a better you.

What It’s Really Like to Be a Writing Teacher: School Leadership Blog Series

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Only by being immersed as writing teacher do you truly know what it’s like—which is why, if I were in charge of the world, I’d want every administrator to spend some time as a writing teacher. It is the only way to know how to support the people who are doing it every day. Oh, the things they would learn!

Protecting Student Writing Time

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My students won’t become writers just because I want them to be writers. Writers need to wallow in new information, time to let all the words, ideas and questions wash over them, connect with their schema, and let the new information become their own.

Got Stuck?

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What option can you give your students when they just get stuck?

Building Ideas in Research Writing

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Research-based writing need not be collections of facts. Teach your students to interpret as they research and to use their ideas to expand their writing.

Write. Share. Give.

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It’s Tuesday! Come share your slice and try visiting a “new to you” slicer today.

Writing With Mentors + A Book Giveaway

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In their wonderful new book, Writing With Mentors: How To Reach Every Writer In The Room Using Current, Engaging Mentor Texts, authors Allison Marchetti and Rebekah O’Dell offer every writing teacher a beautifully thought out methodology for carefully curating mentor texts…

2016 SOLSC Prize Winners

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Announcing the prize winners of the 9th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge