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Overview: Solving Predictable Problems Blog Series

#TWTBLOG November 2017 Blog SeriesOnce 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 parent-teacher conferences, which will take place in the next couple of weeks.

This is a predictable time of year. As a result, the co-author team is devoting this week to help you solve predictable problems that may have arisen in your writing workshop. Here’s what we have on tap for the week ahead:

Later today, I’ll write about the importance of conventions and the aesthetics of writing. Tomorrow, Melanie will blog about the transference of skills from unit to unit. On Wednesday, Kathleen will write about engagement, rather than compliance. On Thursday, Lanny will help us figure out how to fit all aspects of the workshop into the time you have. On Friday, Betsy will discuss parental intentions to help us figure out how to communicate what we teach and the expectations we have versus what parents expect. On Saturday, Deb will discuss how to help kids to be problem-solvers. On Sunday, Beth will help us reign in units of study that go on forever.

Next Monday, Melanie will recap the blog series and select the winner of the book we’re offering as a giveaway (More on that below!) for folks who comment on the blog series posts.

Finally, next Monday night, November 6th, we hope you’ll join our conversation about solving predictable problems in writing workshop as we close out our week-long blog series with a Twitter Chat at 8:30 p.m. EST.

November 2017 Twitter Chat



  • unstoppableThis giveaway is for a copy of The Unstoppable Writing Teacher: Real Strategies for the Real Classroom by M. Colleen Cruz. Thanks to Heinemann Publishers for donating a copy for one reader. (You must have a U.S. mailing address to enter this giveaway.)
  • For a chance to win this copy of The Unstoppable Writing Teacher, please leave a comment about this or any blog post in this blog series by Sunday, November 5th at 7:00 p.m. EDT. Melanie Meehan will use a random number generator to pick the winner’s commenter number. His/her name will be announced in the ICYMI blog post for this series on Monday, November 6th.
  • Please leave a valid e-mail address when you post your comment so Melanie can contact you to obtain your mailing address if you win.  From there, our contact at Heinemann will ship the book to you.  (NOTE: Your e-mail address will not be published online if you leave it in the e-mail field only.)
  • If you are the winner of the book, Melanie will email you with the subject line of TWO WRITING TEACHERS – UNSTOPPABLE WRITING TEACHER BOOK. Please respond to her e-mail with your mailing address within five days of receipt. Unfortunately, a new winner will be chosen if a response isn’t received within five days of the giveaway announcement.


Stacey Shubitz View All

Literacy Consultant. Author. Former 4th and 5th Grade Classroom Teacher.

14 thoughts on “Overview: Solving Predictable Problems Blog Series Leave a comment

  1. I can’t wait to share the topics in this blog series with my colleagues. We are in our third year of implementing the Units of Study for Teaching Writing and are always looking for resources to support us on our journey!

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  2. I haven’t taught ELA for years and am back at it again. I’ve never felt confident in teaching writing, as I was just telling a colleague. I hope to win!!

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  3. These are all of the things that I am wondering, as a teacher new to workshop, new to Uos, and also piloting these solo! I am looking forward to all of these posts, especially the one about reigning in a unit that is going on and on. 🙂


  4. The Two Writing Teachers is one of my favorite and most useful blogs for all things writing. I look forward to this week’s series on ideas for solving familiar problems that writers experience.

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