Monthly Archive: February, 2018

Getting Ready for the SOLSC – Tomorrow is March 1!

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Tomorrow we begin. Onward to the 11th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge!

SOL Tuesday #sol18

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It’s time to write, share, and give. But before you do, please read through this week’s announcements.

TWT’s Mission Statement

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Every so often, it is good to stop and think about why we do what we do. At Two Writing Teachers, the co-authors and I recently revisited our Mission Statement and updated it to reflect our most current beliefs about this blog and the teaching of writing

Crushed It!

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Crushed It (defined): To feel positive, get more done, or in general be a better person. How are you crushing it in the classroom?

4 Tips for Successful Active Involvement in a Minilesson

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In a minilesson, we work to not only demonstrate a strategy sometimes employed by professional writers, but also to provide a quick opportunity for young writers assembled before us to apply it, either in their own writing or in a co-authored class composition.  This short segment of the minilesson during which writers ‘give a strategy a go’ themselves, often called the “Active Involvement” or “Active Engagement,” allows writers an immediate opportunity for application in the supportive environs of the meeting area. How can we make this part of the lesson really count?

8 Great Ways to Meet Writers Where They Are

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Throughout the conference, I watched, listened, and played with digital tools and all along I thought about our students and how digital tools have the capability to make all students feel successful.  I was in awe of the opportunities digital devices bring to our classrooms.

It’s time for SOL Tuesday! #sol18 #TWTBlog

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It’s time to write, share, and give. But before you do, please take a look at the updated comment guidelines and please read this week’s announcements.

A Conversation with Amy June Bates & Juniper Bates + a Book Giveaway

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  Anyone who knows me in real life knows how concerned I’ve been about the state of affairs in our country. I’ve been making phone calls, signing petitions, and showing up to my… Continue reading

Participant Information Form #sol18

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Attention first-year and returning Slicers: Please fill out this year’s participant information form. Filling out the form takes less than five minutes and helps us stay organized during the Challenge.

Engaging High School Students in Writing — A Guest Blog Post by the #BowTieBoys

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Ryan Hur, Tam Mandanis, Kellen Pluntke, Rishi Singh, Christian Sporre, and Dawson Unger are six of the Bow Tie Boys who are a group of high school students from Northern Virginia. Today they take on the topic of student engagement in secondary writing classes.

Three Tricks for Smoother Classroom Transitions

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There are a hundred ways precious minutes can be wasted during those pesky transitions, and a hundred ways a rough transition can make for an uphill battle for the rest of writing workshop. Here are three tricks that you might try.

SOLSC Prize Reveal

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Here’s the prize reveal for the 2018 Slice of Life Story Challenge! Get your slices ready as we gear up for writing every day during the month of March. We have incredibly generous supporters!

It’s SOL Tuesday! #sol18 #TWTBlog

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Please read today’s announcements before leaving the link to your post.

ICMYI: Beyond the Fundamentals of Writing Workshop

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In case you missed any posts from our most recent blog series, Beyond the Fundamentals of Writing Workshop, here’s a round-up.

Independent Writing Time: Beyond the Fundamentals of Writing Workshop

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Last week I met with a teacher about a writer who worries her. “Where’s his writing?” I asked. She pulled out a piece with a date on it, and the date was from… Continue reading

Student-Written Mentor Texts: Beyond the Fundamentals of Writing Workshop

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While many teachers seem knowledgeable about mentor texts and teacher-created texts, it is my hope that focusing on student-written mentor texts will lead more teachers to realize students can be mentor authors, too.

Student-Led Small Groups: Beyond the Fundamentals of Writing Workshop

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Small group instruction allows for efficiency and strategy sessions with more than one student. Allowing students to lead these groups and sessions gives purpose and opportunity to not only further the understandings of the leader but impacts your community of writers as they grow.

Conferring with Writers: Beyond the Fundamentals of Writing Workshop

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    “How about we read Goodnight, Gorilla?” Raising my eyebrows, I gazed hopefully at my two year-old daughter.  “Or maybe we could read The Grouchy Ladybug? You love that one!” “No!” Her… Continue reading

Inquiry Minilessons: Beyond the Fundamentals of Writing Workshop

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There are many ways to teach a minilesson effectively. Many people think inquiry minilessons are stickier than demonstrations since kids “discover” things on their own. As a result, learning stays with kids longer since they’ve come to the learning on their own.

Environments for Kids & With Kids: Beyond the Fundamentals of Writing Workshop

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As I thought about writing this post, I considered my day and what needed to get done.  I mulled over when I would go to the store, how many loads of laundry I… Continue reading