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Seasonal Spotlight

It’s fall, and we are in the midst of peak color season in Michigan. Color tours and slow drives are already happening in towns and back roads across the state. It seemed like a good time to also slow down and go on a tour through the Two Writing Teachers archives. 

Today I’ll be sharing a variety of fall posts from years past. I’ve given you a glimpse of what to expect from each. Click around the links and linger on a post that suits you.

Conferring Notes: The Key to Unit Planning

This 2019 post from Amy Ellerman lays out clearly how to prepare and plan for success. You will love her leverage points and steps in the process.

Transferring skills from unit to unit: Solving Predictable Problems Blog Series

I still revisit the Predictable Problems Blog Series from time to time. It is full of ideas to help you overcome the bumps in your workshop that are bound to occur. This 2017 post from Melanie Meehan will help you carry the skills from unit to unit.

Paper Choices: What’s up with that?

Elizabeth Moore is always a go-to for posts with straightforward and purposeful techniques. Her 2017 on paper choices will open up opportunities for your writers. Take her advice and offer these options!

Revisiting the Heart Map

Heart maps are a timeless strategy for your writing workshop. In 2017, Stacey Shubitz encouraged us to revisit this powerful tool, and I’d encourage you to do this again!

Powerful Punctuation!

Kathleen Sokolowski reminded us in this 2017 post of the peskiness of punctuation. It continues to be an area writing teachers and learners are always seeking to improve.

Ideas for planning Small Group Instruction

I remember using several of these seminar techniques and grouping guides for my third graders back in 2016 when Melanie Meehan shared this post on TWT. The steps she shares for getting started are so manageable.

Five Grammar Lessons With Sneaky Double-Duty Goals

Another favorite from 2016 came from Anna Gratz Cockerille. Her simple yet effective grammar lesson ideas will give you double when it comes to elaboration techniques and conventions too!

Students and Goal Setting: My Choice, My Growth, My Responsibility

This 2016 post was a favorite for me to write! Setting goals with students is one of my favorite jobs as a teacher, and this step-by-step guide can get you started tomorrow!

I hope this mid-week drive through the archives has inspired you to perk up your workshop or try something new! It’s never too late, and every day offers a unique opportunity to raise our workshops to a peak!


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