Monthly Archive: October, 2016

What Constitutes an Assessment? Assessment Strengthens Writers

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Assessment serves several purposes, and when used intentionally, can drive instruction in meaningful ways for our learners.

NEW BLOG SERIES: Assessment Strengthens Writers

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  Over the next seven days, my friends and I here at Two Writing Teachers will share important concepts around assessment in writing workshops. We have all given a lot of thought to our best… Continue reading

Pursue a Passion Project!

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How might you use writing to tap into your personal passions? Are you writing a piece that makes you “ache with caring”? And in a chock-full, busy-every-minute life, how can educators find time for writing that is deeply meaningful, with the lens of replicating this experience for students?

Thoughtful Feedback

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One way to become a community of writers is to leave thoughtful feedback.

Pablo and His Chair + Giveaways!

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Meet Pablo and take an adventure in Delphine Perret’s book as he travels the world!

Conferring Tip: Listening Closely

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A wise person once told me, conferring is the heart of the writing workshop. And much has been written about how to go about conferring effectively. Guides and professional books abound, videos, websites… Continue reading

It’s Tuesday! Write. Give. Share.

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It’s Tuesday! Time to write, share and give!

Reminders About Small Group Instruction

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Whenever I pull a small group for a lesson, there are some important guidelines I try to remember and follow.

Snapshots From the NYSEC Conference

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My time at the New York State English Council (NYSEC) Conference through snapshots!

My Ah-ha Writing Class

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I’ve made my share of confessions here on this blog. I wrote about my struggle to keep a notebook here and here. There’s more. Now that school is in full swing, making time… Continue reading

A Weeks Reflections and Student Work

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Thanks for stopping by the blog.  Last week I promised to share student work and my reflections after a week of Getting Kids Excited About Writing. As I listened to teachers talk about… Continue reading

Thinking About My Writer’s Notebook in a Digital Age

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Without a notebook, my great ideas are going unrecorded and, ultimately, forgotten.

Intentional Talk with Writing Partners

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Elevate the experience of using talk within your workshop with some tools.

It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

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It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

Heart Maps: A Review and a Giveaway

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“My hope is that as you explore heart mapping with your writers, you will fall in love with the stories and poems, truths and courage that will unfold–both theirs and your own.” Georgia Heard in her newest book, Heart Maps.

A Writing Conference with an English Language Learner Using Google Translate

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Read on for a snippet of a writing conference using Google Translate with an upper elementary student who is learning English.

Authentic Audiences for Students

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Contests and publication opportunities for young writers have potential to motivate and inspire.

And Just Like That, They Wrote

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Last week, I wrote about the step back our kindergarten teachers took as they launched writing workshop this year. And I admitted to you that the children were not writing, they were drawing… Continue reading

Are You Ready For The National Day on Writing 2016?

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Next Thursday, October 20th, is the National Day on Writing! Are you ready? Read on for some ideas on how to mark this day with your writers.

Getting Writers Excited to Write!

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So how do we help these young storytellers bring their stories to paper?
How do we show them these are the stories writers write? I think we begin by getting our kids excited, really excited, like “I can do this, let me write NOW! Excited.