Monthly Archive: January, 2020

Expand the Possibilities of Genres You Teach Blog Series

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All week at Two Writing Teachers we will be writing about how we can expand the possibilities of the genres you teach throughout the year.

Literacy Coaches: Thinking Ahead to May & June — Already?!

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Here are three things I’m working on, right now, in the first week of February.

Gathering Inspiration from Mentors

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Here’s an idea for using art to inspire students who are reluctant to use mentor texts. After all, creating something beautiful — inspired by someone else’s work — is something artists, and writers, often do.

Write. Share. Give. #SOL20

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What is happening in your corner of the world? Share your story.

On a Snow-Melting Day + Giveaway

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Prepare yourself for some exquisite words to get your writing week off to a wonderful start.

The Argument Scavenger Hunt

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Although I’m not typically a fan of stand-alone activities, this exercise, presented at last year’s NCTE Conference, incorporated many positive elements aimed at supporting writers working doing argumentative work…

Join the Welcome Wagon! Second Call for Volunteers

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We are still looking for Welcome Wagon volunteers to provide new slicers with a daily audience. Please consider joining us!

Share a Slice: SOL Tuesday #SOL20

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Look around! Sometimes the simplest story is hiding in an unimaginable place.

Writing on the Walls

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What we place on the walls of a classroom tells students, or any other person who enters the room, what is valued most, and what we should value most in our classrooms is student work.

Thinking Big About Writing

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The writing work in our building is transforming, and it is exciting to be a part of the change, to witness the impact on kids as we make our workshops increasingly authentic and compelling.

We are constantly reflecting on what’s working—what’s leading to measurable shifts in how we plan for writing (and how kids experience writing)—as well as where we might be getting stuck: places there is genuine motivation to transform the task, and yet, our best intentions are still missing the mark in some significant way.

All About the 2020 Classroom SOLSC

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Blogging is a way to help students develop voice, a sense of audience, build digital citizenship, sharpen writing skills and connect to each other in new ways. Are you ready to sign your students up for the April 2020 Classroom SOLSC? Read on for all the details!

Overview of the 13th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge

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This March, we’ll host the 13th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge.

Kindergarten Forest School: Integrating Writing with Nature and Play

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Whether you’re looking to begin a Forest School routine, connect children to nature, or integrate writing with play, this post outlines ways to begin.

Write. Share. Give. #SOL20

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Words collected can become a story told.

Engaging a Writer’s Emotional Awareness

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I’m on a path to understanding how emotions connect to engaged writers. Today I’m sharing some resources to bring you along with me.

A Peek Into the Start of an Information Unit

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When we show students examples of what they should be creating before and during their writing, we are, in many ways, providing them a figurative ride up the chairlift with many good skiers in front of them. In two separate classrooms, I introduced an information writing unit with a classroom teacher with a pile of books and writing samples and the students sitting in a circle. “Your job,” I said, “is to look at these books and pieces like writers. What did the author do? How did they do it?”

The Importance of Audience

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When we create space for our students to have authentic and meaningful experiences, we shift the learning and growing of the writer. Something extraordinary happens deep inside a writer that excites and illuminates purpose when publishing for an authentic audience.

Creating Comfortable Inviting Spaces For Our Readers And Writers

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Creating a space that offers flexible seating options is a conscious act of kindness that students feel. We want our classrooms to invite children both physically and emotionally to dive into their important work as readers and writers.

Ready. Set. Write! #SOL20

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It’s a new year and a new hashtag! #SOL20

Seeking Prize Donations for the 2020 Slice of Life Challenge

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The Slice of Life Story Challenge 2020 is right around the corner! Would you consider supporting the cause?