Monthly Archive: October, 2017

Transferring skills from unit to unit: Solving Predictable Problems Blog Series

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When one of my daughters was switching from playing soccer to playing field hockey, we had several conversations about the similar skills each sport required. It didn’t take us long to figure out… Continue reading

IT’S TUESDAY! PLEASE JOIN US WITH A SLICE OF LIFE!

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WRITE. SHARE. GIVE WRITE a slice of life story on your blog. SHARE a link to your post in the comments section. GIVE comments to at least three other SOL bloggers. HaPpY HallOwEEn!      … Continue reading

Conventions & Presentation: Solving Predictable Problems

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Proper use of conventions and the aesthetics of writing pose unique challenges in an elementary writing workshop. Here are solutions to eight predictable problems you may be facing with your students.

Overview: Solving Predictable Problems Blog Series

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Once fall arrives, most writing workshops are well underway. Depending on when your school year started, you’re likely teaching your second or third unit of study. Most of you are probably prepping for… Continue reading

Narrative Writing Makes a Beautiful Gift

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 The students wrapped their writing in an array of wrapping paper, and they left my classroom eager to share their gifts – the gift of words.

Poems Are Teachers: Interview & Giveaway

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Poems Are Teachers, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater’s newest book, is grounded in the idea of writing workshop. It contains practical lessons teachers can use the very next day, as well as mentor texts written by published and student poets. Learn more about it in an interview with Amy. Then, leave a comment for a chance to win two of Amy’s books.

Teaching Digital Tools in Writing Workshop: Plan, Purpose, Model

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By blending the choice of digital tools into our lessons, we are showing students how they can purposefully use devices and keep the thinking where it belongs, on the writing, not the tool.

SOL Tuesday

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WRITE a slice of life story on your blog. SHARE a link to your post in the comments section. GIVE comments to at least three other SOLS bloggers.   If you are a… Continue reading

Keeping Narrative Alive

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By the middle of October, many students in our district are nearing the end of their first writing unit, and in almost all grades, that first writing unit has a narrative focus. Students… Continue reading

National Day on Writing: Last Minute Ideas!

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It’s not too late to plan a celebration of National Day on Writing. NCTE celebrates on this day each year the importance and most of all the delight that writing can bring to our lives using #WhyIWrite as a common theme. Take a look at some quick ideas to get your celebration rolling if you didn’t set a plan in motion for this special day.

The Power of Language Revisited

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When it comes to the teaching of writing in a writing workshop, language is everything.  It is through the words we teachers choose that writers are created, built up, encouraged, and inspired.

OLW Check In

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What was your OLW and how did it treat you so far this year?

SOL Tuesday

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WRITE a slice of life story on your blog. SHARE a link to your post in the comments section. GIVE comments to at least three other SOLS bloggers.   If you are a… Continue reading

Sticky Notes, Arrows, and Margins, Oh My!

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Sharing strategies to prepare for revision later can set up students for success.

Using Writing for Research in the Content Area: It’s Not Just for ELA

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Today’s guest blog post comes from Library Media Specialist, Shannon Betts.

What Are They Looking At? Tackling Slow Starters

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Helping students take back their writing time when they are a slow starter.

It’s Not All About Blog: The Work Before The Blog

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Take the first step together; write, read, and comment on blogs as a class.  These first steps will help your students learn the feel and expectations of a blogging community.

IT’S TUESDAY! PLEASE JOIN US WITH A SLICE OF LIFE!

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WRITE. SHARE. GIVE. We hope you’ll join us all as we tell our stories. Write your post and please share the permalink to your own blog post with the community. Comment on at least three other posts. If… Continue reading

Providing Ladders of Expectations

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All writers learn from studying each other’s writing.

Make Your Teaching Vivid: Show, Don’t Tell

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You are probably familiar with the writing move SHOW, DON’T TELL. However, do you recognize its potential as a teaching move? Enjoy the start of two journeys with two students who are seeing their potential unfold.