Monthly Archive: November, 2017

What’s the Keynote of the Unit?

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Hurriedly making my way through the front door of the majestic Riverside Chapel on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, I glanced at my watch.  Late, I thought to myself.  Oh well, I’m sure I… Continue reading

Adventures in First Grade Writing

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When you love writing, and love teaching writing, and when you blog often about the teaching of writing, it’s a wee bit awkward when your own first grade son refuses to write in school.

It’s SOL Tuesday!

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Warm up with a story.

Don’t Skimp on the Compliment.

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Mark Twain once said, “I can live for two months on a good compliment.” While our students should regularly receive compliments from their teachers, good ones can fuel their ambition and willingness to stretch themselves as writers.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Two Writing Teachers Team

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On behalf of our team at Two Writing Teachers, I’d like to thank you, our readers, for your dedication to the teaching of writing, and for the incredible community of educators you have helped us to build.

From Markers to Emojis in Digital Writing: It’s All About the Purpose and Voice

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My head was spinning and the next thing I knew I was wondering how the allure of emojis and marking up could lift student voice and motivation in writing

Write. Share. Give.

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What’s new in your world? Share a story and connect with a community. It’s SOL Tuesday!

ICYMI: #TWTBlog’s Homework Mini-Series

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Last week, we hosted a mini-series on homework and the role it plays in elementary and middle school writing workshops.

Ways to Involve Caregivers: Homework and the Writing Workshop

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I don’t remember sharing writing experiences at home when my daughters were in elementary school.

I wish we had.

Nightly Writing: Homework and the Writing Workshop

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Four ways to encourage students to write after the school day is finished WITHOUT assigning writing as homework.

Some Issues to Consider: Homework and the Writing Workshop

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Pushing the dance studio door open, I watched my two daughters and their two best friends bound playfully out to the parking lot.  Walking next to me was Jamie, their mother.  “Sorry,” she… Continue reading

Reimagining Homework: Homework and the Writing Workshop

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This past summer, I found myself questioning homework- why I give it, what it accomplishes and if there might be an alternative.

SOL Tuesday

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Share a story today. It’s Tuesday SOL!

Misunderstandings Within The Writing Process

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The writing process is not always linear, it is not a circle of steps, it is not something that needs to be done the same way twice. The writing process might be different everytime a writer sits down to start. It might be different for someone writing a poem one day and an essay a week later. The writing process is as unique as the writer. Embrace the process and its endless possibilities as students move forward.

What I’ve Learned about Word Study

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I recently had the good fortune of watching the wonderful Natalie Louis deliver a word study lesson at a school in Harlem. It was so cool. For a mostly upper grade person like… Continue reading

Let’s Talk About Methods for Conferring

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When I was a new teacher, I learned from Lucy Calkins that there are basically four overall methods to choose from when planning instruction: 1) demonstration, 2) coaching, 3) inquiry, and 4) telling/explaining. This four-method framework is useful for thinking about conferring.

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

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Digital tools add opportunities to our writing, opportunities that can motivate and inspire writers. The reach of digital tools allows writers to receive and give feedback, share beyond their classroom, publish to an authentic audience, and build a writing community.  So how do we make sure our writers are ready?

SOL Tuesday

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Write. Share. Give.
Welcome to the weekly Slice of LIfe.

ICYMI: Solving Predictable Problems

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In case you missed any pieces from our series about predictable problems, here’s a quick review of the week of posts with the links, as well.

Units of Study That Go On Forever: Solving Predictable Problems

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It’s happened to ever teacher. We start out strong, with enthusiasm. We think: This unit is going to be GREAT! This is is exactly what my kids need! This unit is our favorite!  But then, five weeks, six weeks, seven weeks (!!) later you and the kids are completely sick of the writing you’ve been doing–just like a favorite recipe that you’ve become burnt out on.