This week, my TWT colleagues and I are writing about the importance of authentic purpose to writers. We all agree that our students will benefit from having strong voices, clear … Continue Reading Exploring Feelings Through Writing: Authentic Purposes for Writing
Welcome to our weekly Slice of Life Story Challenge on Two Writing Teachers!
Thoughts about making time for letter writing in the classroom.
Every three months, the TWT co-author team comes together to share our thinking about one aspect of writing. It seems appropriate that we’re sharing our thoughts about authentic purposes for writing this week. Writing is a source of power. Our students will benefit from having strong voices, clear messages, and wide audiences in our quickly changing world.
5 My father used to say, “February is the longest month.” But really, we know it isn’t. Thankfully we can look forward to the Tenth Annual March Slice of … Continue Reading Join the 10th Annual March SOLSC Welcome Wagon Team!
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We hope that many of you will join the fifth annual Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge with your students!
Yesterday, first graders celebrated Halfway day at my school. It it hard to believe we are halfway through the school year. And yet, when I am in writing workshop classrooms, … Continue Reading A Perfect Time For Pattern Books
With so many (and ever changing) options at our fingertips, I want my students to learn how to control the tools. We have a motto in our room, “If the tool is telling you what to do, you aren’t in charge of your learning. You tell the tool what to do!”
Welcome to the Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge!
Saying good-bye is never easy.
Calling all educators! Whether you’re thinking about joining our writing community or coming back for your tenth March writing challenge, please take a few minutes to read this post.
Already, NCTE seems like a long time ago. However, as I reread my notes and think about some of the lasting learning, I have more to share! Vocabulary Matters was a great session!
There are many things we can’t control in the classroom: the amount of time we have, the number of students, the size (and sometimes temperature) of the classroom space. But one thing we can control is the language we use that conveys choice, versus language that conveys assignment.
Teaching students to have a growth mindset and truly understand what happens as they learn has been a big goal for me this year. Over the winter break, a book re-sparked my thinking and how I needed to more intentionally equate our mindset to our process as writers.
It’s Tuesday again! Time to share your slice of life.