Summer will arrive next Friday! Even though a teacher’s work is never done, the unstructured summer months are a welcome gift for educators. From all of us at Two Writing Teachers, we hope you have ample opportunities to enjoy some downtime in the months to come!
If you are like us, it’s hard to cut yourself off from professional learning in the summer months. Even though there won’t be any new posts from now until Thursday, August 1st when Lanny welcomes us back, there is plenty to read from our archives as well as so much to look forward to as we start a new school year!
Our Next Blog Series
Melanie will kick off our next blog series entitled, Nurturing Independence from the Start, on August 4th. We have a week of posts planned that will help you build independence in your students during the first month of the school year.
Check Out Our Past Blog Series Posts
As you start to prepare for next year you might find inspiration hiding within our past blog series posts! These are a treasure trove of ideas, visuals, and tools to get you on the right path toward a great start as you begin planning your year. Here are some of our past August blog series round-ups (each of which include hyperlinks to topical posts):
- August 2014: Sharpen Your Workshop Routines
- August 2015: Creating Classroom Environments to Launch the School Year
- August 2016: Starting with What Matters Most
- August 2017: Writing Workshop Fundamentals
- August 2018: Dreaming Big for This Year’s Writing Workshop
Check in on Tuesdays as Kelsey hosts our weekly call for Slice of Life Stories through the month of July. If you have been thinking about joining, summer is a great time to share your first Slice of Life Story. Simply write your story on your personal blog, share the URL on Tuesday in our comment section, and leave at least three comments for other bloggers.
- Follow us on Twitter. Many of us will be learning and tweeting throughout the summer.
- Follow us on Pinterest and Facebook
Please rest, relax, and recharge!
While you do, collect story ideas, think of all you accomplished this past school year, and begin to dream big and wonder about what’s to come!
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I am a literacy consultant who has spent the past dozen years working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grades K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.
I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).