Monthly Archive: December, 2016

It’s Tuesday! Write. Give. Share.

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It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

It’s Tuesday! Write. Give. Share.

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It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

Holiday Blogging Break

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December is a month of celebrations and a chance for the co-authors to take a brief blogging break as we turn our focus to our families during the rest of December. The rest and reflection always helps us start the new year with a renewed sense of passion and purpose.

Finding New Opportunites and Joy: All It Takes Is A Slight Twist

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Finding New Opportunities and Joy: All It Takes Is A Slight Twist
This year presented my family and my teaching life with many changes, and each one took real focus for me. I had the opportunity to make a slight turn turning each into a change blessing or a change obstacle. The difference is in considering the intention.

Go! Write!

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Is there a sense of writing urgency in your classroom?

It’s Tuesday! Write. Give. Share.

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It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

Pick Your Head Up: Remembering Kathleen Tolan

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A week ago, Kathleen Tolan, Senior Deputy Director of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, died peacefully in her sleep. Kathleen was the one who hired me, first as her own and… Continue reading

Stronger Essay Writing: Differentiating Between Reasons and Evidence

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The word essay comes from the latin exigere, meaning “to ascertain,” or “to weigh.” It was used in the late 15th century as a verb, meaning “to test the quality of.” Writing in essay form… Continue reading

Active Authentic Audiences: PART OF #TWTBLOG’S THROWBACK WEEK

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Deb shared fabulous ideas about developing authentic audiences in a post she wrote for the blog series on What Matters Most.

Watch and Notice–Part of #TWTBlog’s Throwback Week

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Dana’s post on the power of demonstration writing is one of my favorites. Writers love to see their teachers write, and teachers have a terrific platform for instructing using this technique.

Incorporating Play-Based Learning in Writing Workshop at any Age- Part of #TWTblog Throwback Week

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I am honored to share Beth’s post today on Incorporating Play-Based Learning in Writing Workshop. We need to bring the joy back to our teaching, and Beth’s post is a roadmap to get started.

Straight From Students: Why Teachers Should Write: Part Of #TWTBLOG’S Throwback Week

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Melanie asked the students, “What makes you feel like a writer?” Read the voices from the classroom. YOUR writing matters to YOUR students.

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It’s Not Just About the Notebook — Part of #TWTBlog’s Throwback Week

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Read what happens when Lisa makes a commitment to her writer’s notebook.

We Are Writers Here: Part of #TWTBlog’s Throwback Week

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This week on Two Writing Teachers, we are each chosing another co-author’s previously published post to feature as part of our Throwback Week.

Three Favorite Word Wall Games

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  A well-planned word wall allows students to quickly access familiar high frequency words from word study instruction. As they are writing, they can simply glance up, find the word, and continue to write. With… Continue reading

Using Mentor Texts With Students

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Kelly Boswell reminded me of a three step process for using mentor texts with students.

‘Tis the Season… Where Did the Writing Go?

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Maybe you teach in a school where all is calm during the weeks between the end of Thanksgiving weekend and the beginning of Winter break. I do not. (If you do, will you… Continue reading