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Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge

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Welcome to the Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge!

Watching Our Word Wall Come Alive

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Read this post for the story of one classroom’s creative celebration of word wall words.

Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge

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Welcome to the Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge!

Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge

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Teach Kids How To Teach Minilessons

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Teaching kids how to teach a minilesson might be easier than you think.

Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge

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Welcome to the Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge!

Uncomfortable Topic Choices in Writing Workshop

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How do you handle these moments? What does a conference look like when you’re thinking, “Oh my goodness. Should I even be letting them write about this in school?!”

Student Self-Reflection: Looking Back and Moving Forward

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Someone once told me (or maybe I read it somewhere) that the best stories are like pearls on a string. Each moment or scene in the story is polished, lovely to read. But… Continue reading

Three Ideas for Oral Storytelling in the Classroom

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Some sit at a keyboard and the words just pour out. Others use a pen and paper, working slowly and deliberately. I know one writer who prefers a typewriter to a laptop.

And then there are the storytellers.

It’s Now or Never to Start Up a Shared Writing Routine

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Hey, pssst… Yeah, you. Have you noticed that it’s already the middle of April? It’s spring. There are only a matter of weeks left in the school year (not that anyone’s counting). And… Continue reading

Strategies to Support the Spelling Perfectionists in Your Classroom

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Many kids go through a perfectionist stage. They will sometimes freeze up, choose not to write, or select different, easier words to spell. Here’s what you can do.

2018 CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 7 OF 31

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Day 7 of the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge!

2018 CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 6 OF 31

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Day 6 of the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge!

2018 CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 5 OF 31

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Day 5 of the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge!

2018 CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 4 OF 31

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Day 4 of the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge!

2018 CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 3 OF 31

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Day 3 of the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge!

2018 CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 2 OF 31

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Day 2 of the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge!

WELCOME TO THE 2018 CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 1 OF 31

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Welcome to the the sixth annual Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge for students!

Three Tricks for Smoother Classroom Transitions

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There are a hundred ways precious minutes can be wasted during those pesky transitions, and a hundred ways a rough transition can make for an uphill battle for the rest of writing workshop. Here are three tricks that you might try.

Next Level Unit Planning: Beyond the Fundamentals of Writing Workshop

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Tips for moving to the next level of unit planning.