Monthly Archive: January, 2017

Exploring Feelings Through Writing: Authentic Purposes for Writing

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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 messages, and wide… Continue reading

Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge #SOL17

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Welcome to our weekly Slice of Life Story Challenge on Two Writing Teachers!

Friendly Letter Writing: Authentic Purposes for Writing

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Thoughts about making time for letter writing in the classroom.

Overview: Authentic Purposes for Writing Blog Series

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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.

Join the 10th Annual March SOLSC Welcome Wagon Team!

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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 Life Story Challenge!… Continue reading

The Writing Strategies Book + Giveaway!

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Ever wish you could have all the best strategies from your favorite writing teachers in one place? Atwell, Fletcher, Ray, Calkins, Heard and more are among the many hat tips in Jen Serravallo’s newest publication, THE WRITING STRATEGIES BOOK. Come take a look at how Jen expertly weaves her own expertise and ideas along with tried and true favorites from the best of the best.

Overview of the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge

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We hope that many of you will join the fifth annual Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge with your students!

A Perfect Time For Pattern Books

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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, I see much… Continue reading

Student Ownership and Writing Choices

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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!”

Tuesday Slice of Life Challenge #SOL17

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Welcome to the Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge!

Saying Good-bye

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Saying good-bye is never easy.

Join Our Writing Community for the 10th Annual SOLSC

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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.

Vocabulary Ideas From NCTE

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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!

Language to Convey Choice Versus Assignment

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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.

Mindset Matters

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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.

Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge #SOL17

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It’s Tuesday again! Time to share your slice of life.

Celebrating the Unsung Hero of Writing: The Process

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Instead of a typical publishing party, fifth-grade teacher Christina Nosek and her students held a writing process celebration.

Don’t Forget the Compliment

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Lanny Ball reminds us that compliments are a bit like gifts we give our students each day.

Keeping the ‘Mini’ in Mini Lessons for the Middle School Writing Workshop

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Katie Kraushaar, a middle school teacher, has six tips for keeping minilessons mini during writing workshop.

Rolling Out the Welcome Wagon!

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Will you be willing to roll out the Welcome Wagon for our new Slicers this March?