Monthly Archive: January, 2018

Rolling Out the Welcome Wagon!

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  The community of educators, who gather here at Two Writing Teachers every March, is like no other. We are in need your generous, open-hearted, and passionate hearts to help us welcome our newest… Continue reading

Welcome to Slice of Life

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Write a slice. Share it here. Comment on at least three other slices. Are you ever surprised by what you write when you sit down and start writing? Sometimes out thoughts, feelings, and… Continue reading

Writing Checklists: Tools for Independence and Goal-Setting

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I am a list person. I have lists by my computer, by my bed, in the kitchen, in my car console– And I love crossing things off my lists. One of the reasons… Continue reading

Do You Ever Wonder?

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How do you respond to the recursive “I’m done,” and every other form of the phrase? Maybe it isn’t about them.

Addressing Knowledge Issues in Informational Writing

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If we do not possess a good amount of background knowledge, if we are not interested in the topic, and we were not given a choice, our writing typically suffers. Lack of knowledge in particular, as Mary Ehrenworth suggests, manifests quickly as writing weakness and writing problems. As writing workshop teachers, how might we think about and address these challenges?

Overview of the 2018 March Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge

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Join us for the 2018 Slice of Life Story Challenge in March!

It’s Tuesday! Welcome to Slice of Life!

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Write. Share. Give. Please be sure to read at least 3 other posts and leave comments. Comments help us build our writing community! The eleventh annual Slice of Life Challenge starts up on… Continue reading

Overview of the 11th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge

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Calling all educators! Whether you’re thinking about joining our writing community or coming back for your eleventh March writing challenge, please take a few minutes to read this post.

Tools of the Trade — A Guest Blog Post by Vicki Meigs-Kahlenberg

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We can’t control what happen next in our news feeds or in the lives of our students. By making intentional time in our curriculum for writing, sharing and publishing, we can equip our students with the most powerful tools we have available to develop and strengthen their voices within our classrooms, and create a confidence within to speak their truths out in the world.

TWTBlog’s Top Ten Educator Organizations to Follow On Twitter in 2018

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If you aren’t on Twitter already, maybe this list will be the push you needed to give it a try. We’ve rounded up our ten favorite organizations to follow on Twitter.

Comforting Picture Books + Giveaways

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These books serve to comfort children during what is a serious and uncertain time. After reading this post, leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of all five books.

Slice of Life Tuesday #SOL18

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Welcome to Tuesday’s Slice of Life, #SOL18!

Let your voices be heard, share your stories and be heard by all. ATTENTION SLICERS WHO USE BLOGGER, please scroll to the bottom for more support!

Thinking About Audience

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Last month, Rebekah O’Dell tweeted out a link to a piece written by NY Times Columnist, Nicholas Kristof. I read through Kristof’s “My Worst Columns” piece and was shocked his annual holiday gift guide was… Continue reading

In the Name of Accountability

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When is the last time you asked yourself, “What do I believe?” Have you asked your students what they believe? Our level of success is often a reflection of what we believe in ourselves. Having the power to make moves in our learning is less about being held accountable and more about revising our beliefs as we learn.

Seeking Prize Donations

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The 11th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge is right around the corner! Currently, we are seeking readers of our blog who are willing to donate a prize for the participants of the SOLSC. notebooks, pens, or any other writing-related gifts that SOLSC participants would appreciate.  

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?

Slice of Life Tuesday #SOL18

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It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give! If you have a BLOGGER blog, please read the announcement today regarding an important technical issue with commenting.

Literary Essays: Setting the Stage

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As part my MFA program, I’ve had to write eight page papers on a paragraph or two of text. That’s a lot of words about not too many words. I’ve also watched my… Continue reading

Betsy’s OLW for 2018

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Our OLW posts conclude today and comments on the giveaway close this evening at 11:59 EST. We hope you have enjoyed our One Little Word posts to open the year of 2018. We humbly enter another year as a group of co-authors who thoroughly enjoy being a part of your lives as teachers, writers, and dreamers. 

Lanny’s OLW for 2018

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In watching Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s video, posted by Kathleen this week, I became inspired by the notion that we all ought to try to make the most of our time here on earth…