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Paper Choices: What’s up with that?

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I’ll be honest, the best thing about the start of the new school year is the school supplies. There’s nothing like the combo-smell of  new backpack, pencils, erasers, and paper. Ah. I think… Continue reading

Literacy Coaches: Supporting Your Administrators at the Start of the Year

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Three things you can do, as a teacher leader or literacy coach to support administrators (yes, admin need support too!) at the start of the year.

It’s Tuesday! Time to Share a Slice of Life.

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Welcome to the weekly Slice of Life Story Challenge!

SOL Tuesday

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Welcome to our weekly Slice of Life Story Challenge!

It’s Tuesday! Time to Share a Slice of Life!

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Write. Share. Give. Have fun.

In Case You Missed It: Writing Workshop Fundamentals Blog Series

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Last week, my coauthors and I created a series of posts that we hope you’ll find helpful for getting your school year off to a great start. Whether you are new to writing… Continue reading

Tuesday Slice of Life!

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Welcome back to the Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge. Write your post. Share the permalink here in the comments section. Be sure to comment on three other posts sometime today. If you… Continue reading

Unit Planning: Writing Workshop Fundamentals

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Planning a unit of study is like planning for anything in life. You can’t predict exactly what will happen, but you can project what you think will mostly likely happen, based on what you know.

It’s Tuesday! Share a Slice of Life!

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Welcome to the Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge. Write your post. Share the permalink here in the comments section. Be sure to comment on three other posts sometime today. The coauthors of… Continue reading

Literacy Coaches: Schools out. Now what?

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Four practical priorities for this summer.

Four Writing Workshop Ideas for the Final Stretch

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If you’re in the final stretch–the last few days or weeks of school– here are a few ideas to keep kids writing right to the very end.

Literacy Coaches: How do you assess your impact?

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A few months ago I received an email from a curriculum director in a district where I sometimes do a bit of consulting: Did I have any data regarding my impact in schools?… Continue reading

Sending Notebooks Up

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We can send up our own little writing workshop time-capsules for kids to open in the fall.

Summer Reading & Writing Connections: Keep Learning Going Throughout the Summer

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You know that expression people use: “It’s like riding a bicycle?”

It’s supposed to mean that once you learn a skill set you’ll never forget it.

Turns out reading and writing are not like riding a bicycle.

Three things that might be stressing out your young writers (and what you can do to support them)

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Classrooms need to be places where students can take risks, solve problems, and learn to work through the hard parts. But sometimes anxiety and worry get in the way of learning.

Classroom SOLSC for Students: Day 14 of 31

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Day 14 of today’s Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge.

Classroom SOLSC for Students: Day 13 of 31

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Day 17 of the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge!

Classroom SOLSC for Students: Day 12 of 31

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Welcome to Day 12 of the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge!

Classroom SOLSC for Students: Day 11 of 31

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Welcome to Day 11 of the Classroom Slice of Life Challenge! If you’re feeling like the initial excitement your students exhibited at the start of the challenge might be wearing off, don’t worry,… Continue reading

Classroom SOLSC for Students: Day 10 of 31

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Welcome to Day 10 of the Classroom Slice of Life Challenge! Keep up the great writing!