In normal times, December feels both joyful and stressful. We are not living in “normal times.” As we move into the tenth month of a global pandemic, nothing feels normal. Educators report feeling burned-out, fatigued, and overtaxed. If ever there was a time for a break, THIS IS IT.
Here at Two Writing Teachers, we are pausing to take a blogging break from now until January 4th. We are looking forward to spending the last few days of 2020 renewing and recharging. On behalf of the team, we thank you for understanding our need to take a break at this time of the year.
We wouldn’t leave you, though, without some great resources to discover or rediscover, as well as some excitement for 2021!
Check-in on December 22nd and December 29th when I will continue to host our weekly call for Slice of Life stories. If you have been thinking about joining, winter break 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. If it’s your first time joining us, then be sure to say so when you leave your comment.
March Slice of Life Story Challenge
2021 marks the 14th anniversary of the Slice of Life Story Challenge! We look forward to sharing more about this exciting time in early 2021.
I hope you’ll commit, or recommit, to writing with us daily for 31 days this March! If you’re unsure how to balance writing for 31 days given this ongoing challenges of teaching during a pandemic, then please join us for a Facebook Live Session on Sunday, January 31st, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. EST. Betsy Hubbard and I will co-host a Facebook Live where several long-time Slicers will join us to talk about how cultivating a writing habit has positively impacted their teaching, even at an unprecedented time like this!
Our next week-long blog series will take place in May 2021. If you are looking for posts from any previous blog series check out the list below:
- November 2013: Tailoring Our Teaching
- February 2014: Writing About Reading
- May 2014: Independent Writing,
- August 2014: Sharpen Your Workshop Routines
- November 2014: Work Smarter, Not Harder
- February 2015: Aim Higher: Outgrow Old Goals and Set New Ones
- May 2015: Conferring Toolkits
- August 2015: Creating Classroom Environments to Launch the School Year
- November 2015: Diving Into Information Writing
- February 2016: Discovering the Writer’s Life
- May 2016: Teaching Writing with Mentor Texts
- August 2016: Starting with What Matters Most
- November 2016: Assessment Strengthens Writers
- February 2017: Authentic Purposes for Writing
- May 2017: Keep Learning Going Throughout the Summer
- August 2017: Writing Workshop Fundamentals
- November 2017: Solving Predictable Problems
- February 2018: Beyond the Fundamentals of Writing Workshop
- May 2018: Looking Back and Moving Forward
- August 2018: Dreaming Big for This Year’s Writing Workshop
- November 2018: Notebooks as a Writer’s Tool
- February 2019: Teaching Writing With a Social Justice Lens
- May 2019: Strengthening Professional Learning
- August 2019: Nurturing Independence From the Start
- November 2019: Reaching Your Writers
- February 2020: Expand the Possibilities of the Genres You Teach
- August 2020: Seen, Valued, Heard
- November 2020: Meet Writers Where They Are
Throughout December, some of our “greatest hits” will be posted on our Facebook page. Be sure to like the page to read previous posts that co-authors selected to be highlighted during this month.
- Follow us on Twitter. Some of us will be learning and tweeting over the winter break.
- Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.
Rest, relax, and enjoy time with your loved ones! Disconnect from email and do whatever it is you have to do to recharge for the next couple of weeks.
I am a literacy consultant who focuses on writing workshop. I've been working with K-6 teachers and students since 2009. Prior to that, I was a fourth and fifth-grade teacher in New York City and Rhode Island.
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).
I live in Central Pennsylvania with my husband and children. In my free time, I enjoy swimming, doing Pilates, cooking, baking, making ice cream, and reading novels.