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Three Ways to Teach Empathy Inside Writing Workshop

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This video, narrated by Brene Brown, has been viewed over 7,000,000 times. Empathy is more complicated than its twin sister, sympathy. Empathy is a challenge for a lot of people–not just kids. The great… Continue reading

Writing Partners: Authentic Purposes for Writing

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Someone once told me: You can’t write well about something you don’t care about. One day, I listened in on two first grade partners, Jennifer and Marco, sharing their pieces of writing. I stood… Continue reading

Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge #SOL17

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Welcome to our weekly Slice of Life Story Challenge on Two Writing Teachers!

Overview of the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge

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We hope that many of you will join the fifth annual Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge with your students!

Tuesday Slice of Life Challenge #SOL17

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Welcome to the Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge!

Language to Convey Choice Versus Assignment

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There are many things we can’t control in the classroom: the amount of time we have, the number of students, the size (and sometimes temperature) of the classroom space. But one thing we can control is the language we use that conveys choice, versus language that conveys assignment.

Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge #SOL17

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It’s Tuesday again! Time to share your slice of life.

Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge

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It’s Tuesday! Time to share your slices of life!

Beth’s One Little Word for 2017

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This week my coauthors and I participating in our little New Year’s tradition of choosing our One Little Words (OLW’s) for 2017.

Slice of Life Tuesday: Announcing #SOL17

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Welcome to the first Slice of Life Tuesday of 2017!

Pick Your Head Up: Remembering Kathleen Tolan

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A week ago, Kathleen Tolan, Senior Deputy Director of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, died peacefully in her sleep. Kathleen was the one who hired me, first as her own and… Continue reading

We Are Writers Here: Part of #TWTBlog’s Throwback Week

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This week on Two Writing Teachers, we are each chosing another co-author’s previously published post to feature as part of our Throwback Week.

Three Favorite Word Wall Games

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  A well-planned word wall allows students to quickly access familiar high frequency words from word study instruction. As they are writing, they can simply glance up, find the word, and continue to write. With… Continue reading

Conferring with “If… Then… Then… Then…” in Mind

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We can all be a little more like my daughter’s swim teacher, Coach Annie, and a little less like the camp counselors of my childhood. Here’s how.

Remember the Power of Writing to Heal

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This week I am again reminded of how life in the classroom intersects with the world outside the classroom. When children come to school having experienced tumultuous or frightening events at home, school is… Continue reading

The Joys, Wonders, and Challenges of On-Demand Writing: Assessment Strengthens Writers Blog Series

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I’ll be honest. I actually love on-demand writing assessments.

Conferring Tip: Listening Closely

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A wise person once told me, conferring is the heart of the writing workshop. And much has been written about how to go about conferring effectively. Guides and professional books abound, videos, websites… Continue reading

Heart Maps: A Review and a Giveaway

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“My hope is that as you explore heart mapping with your writers, you will fall in love with the stories and poems, truths and courage that will unfold–both theirs and your own.” Georgia Heard in her newest book, Heart Maps.

How to Use the Word Wall: From a Student Point-of-View

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A short and sweet reminder, from a student point-of-view.

Literacy Coaches: The Art of Voicing-Over

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Are you an instructional coach? As part of your work, do you demonstrate minilessons, conferring, or small group work in classrooms? If yes, then this post is for YOU!