Slice of Life Story Challenge

Overview of the 16th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge

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.  

foundational skills · phonics · spelling · writing workshop

Teaching Kids to Use the Phonics You’ve Taught

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

writing workshop

How Long Should Writing Workshop Be? Match the Minutes to Kids’ Stamina

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

handwriting · occupational therapy · Stronger Together: Involving Other Professionals in Your Workshop Blog Series · writing workshop

Collaborating with Occupational Therapists: Stronger Together Blog Series

Occupational therapists not only support students one-on-one, but can be amazingly helpful collaborators!


Why cursive? Why not?

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?

coaching · gradual release of responsibility · literacy coaches

Teachers Supporting Teachers – Some Ideas for Literacy Coaches and School Leaders

This year, my coaching partner, Vicki, and I are trying out a new model for our coaching.