We will host the 16th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge here at Two Writing Teachers this March. Since 2008, the challenge's mission has remained the same: to support teachers who want to write daily. We believe that teachers who write regularly can better support the students they teach in writing workshops daily.
This post can be a jumping off point for learning more about how explicit phonics instruction can be connected to a joyful independent writing workshop for young children
At the start of the year, most teachers start small with writing workshop. After a brief minilesson, you can set a timer for 5-10 minutes (or any amount of time you’re confident will be a success) and announce to your class, “Let’s make our goal today ____ minutes!” Then, make sure the timer goes off… Continue reading How Long Should Writing Workshop Be? Match the Minutes to Kids’ Stamina
Occupational therapists not only support students one-on-one, but can be amazingly helpful collaborators!
A number of years ago, I broke my wrist badly. It took a year to heal, and even then I still had nerve damage. Over the course of that year, I participated in extensive occupational therapy to retrain my brain to connect with my hands - to hold a fork, to squeeze a sponge, and… Continue reading Why cursive? Why not?
Drawing can slow you down in a way that is useful for generating ideas and thinking more deeply.
This year, my coaching partner, Vicki, and I are trying out a new model for our coaching.
Here are some things I used to think... but now I don't -- about spelling words for kids during writing workshop.
Old dogs CAN learn new tricks, and your class CAN learn a new routine in April!
It’s day the 25th day of our month-long writing challenge! #sol22
Join us for the 24th day of the 15th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge! #sol22
It's Day 23 of the Slice of Life Story Challenge at Two Writing Teachers! #sol22