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Take a Tour of Your Own School with an Eye Toward Writing Workshop

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When you have a chance, take a walk through the hallways of your own school. Try to see with fresh eyes. Pretend you are a visitor. Ask yourself: What kind of writing is… Continue reading

Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge

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Be a teacher who writes! Join us for the Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge today! #TWTBlog

Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge

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Be a teacher who writes! Join us for the Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge today! #TWTBlog

Three Things to Try in Writing Workshop Before the End of the School Year

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Three things you maybe never thought of trying – add them to your writing workshop bucket list for the school year!

Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge

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Be a teacher who writes! Join us for the Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge today! #TWTBlog

Using Video to Push Yourself to Become an Even Better Teacher: Strengthening Professional Learning Blog Series

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I didn’t have a video camera or a tripod. I didn’t have any microphones. I didn’t have another adult in the room to hold the camera. I didn’t have time or resources to get any of these things pulled together. How was this going to work?

Three Ways to Introduce Personal Editing Checklists in Writing Workshop

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Here are three different ways you might introduce individual editing checklists to your students.

I Love Watching You Write: Research from the World of Sports Applied in the Classroom

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Research on effective sports coaching suggests adults would do well by kids to cut down on criticism and focus more on the joy simply playing.

DAY 21 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL19

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Are you ready to share the link to your slice of life story and leave supportive comments for other Slicers?

DAY 20 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL19

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Welcome to DAY 20, Slicers! You’ve got this! #TWTBlog

DAY 19 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL19

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Day 19 is here, slicers! Woo hoo!

DAY 18 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL19

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Are you ready to share the link to your slice of life story and leave supportive comments for other Slicers?

DAY 17 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL19

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You made it to Day 17! Give yourself a pat on the back! Keep going!

The Difference Between Storytelling and Band-Aids

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Are you writing stories, or band-aids? Read on to find out.

The Comic Sans Trick

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The internet has proved itself useful and has given us the Comic Sans trick. Read on to learn how the font we love to hate can help you cure writer’s block.

Three Ways to Be A Better Colleague

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Three ways YOU can be a kinder, more generous, better person to work with.

Language Awareness In Classrooms: Teaching Writing with a Social Justice Lens

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There are hundreds, if not thousands, of ways that each of us use language each day that intentionally or unintentionally limits some of our students capacity to learn from us. Here are just a few.

Overview of the 12th Annual March Slice of Life Story Challenge

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This March, we’ll host the 12th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge.

Never Write About the Same Topic as Your Students–Except Sometimes

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The cornerstone of writing workshop is that students get to choose their own topics rather than be assigned a topic by the teacher.

Differentiating the Writer’s Notebook for Every Stage K-8: Notebooks as a Writer’s Tool

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If you can’t sketch quickly or jot words quickly, or the lines in on the paper feel too small, or you find it difficult to organize your ideas on a blank page, then perhaps there might be other tools that are a better fit for you.