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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!

Classroom SOLSC for Students: Day 9 of 31

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Hello and welcome back to the Classroom Slice of Life Challenge! Have you thought about partnering up with another SOLSC classroom yet? Top three reasons why partnering up is a great way to go:… Continue reading

Classroom SOLSC for Students: Day 8 of 31

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It’s Day 8! Have you been sharing your slices with your students?

Classroom SOLSC for Students: Day 7 of 31

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Welcome back for Day 7 of the Classroom Slice of Life Challenge!

Back to Basics: Writing Centers

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As you head into this week, remember to keep your head up and check on the basics. In this post I share five things you might look for and notice about writing centers.

Classroom SOLSC for Students: Day 6 of 31

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Welcome back for Day 6 of the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge! We are so glad you are with us this month. Our entire Two Writing Teachers team is incredibly proud of… Continue reading

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!