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“Just-Keep-Swimming” Spelling Strategies

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Just like Dory, in the movie Finding Nemo, young writers can easily lose their way and forget where they were headed, especially if they stop for too long and lose their momentum.

Living the Writerly Life in School

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We say to kids, “Here’s your notebook! Now you are writer!” We want kids to write in school and beyond. Maybe there are things we can do in school to keep their writerly lives going–even when our units of study and minilessons have moved on to other aspects of the work.

How to Name a Transferable Teaching Point in a Writing Conference

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Conferring with young writers is far too complex to boiled down to just one important aspect. But… if you had to name the most important part of a writing conference, what would it be?

Dear Kids… A Post You Can Share With Your Students on How To Use Writing Notebooks Home

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Inspired by a recent conversation I had with some fourth graders, today I want to share a post with you that is also something you can share with your students. Feel free to read, display, or otherwise share with your third fourth, fifth graders, and middle schoolers.

Advice for the Perfectionists in Writing Workshop

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Do you consider yourself to be a perfectionist? Are there students in your classroom who might be described as perfectionists?

Inspire Your Young Writers With A Wide Inclusive Range of Topics and Stories

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One thing we can do to support all writers, is to be intentional in the topics and story ideas we use as models and mentors. Modeling a wide range of stories and ideas can help each of your writers be inspired.

Routines and Structures of Writing Workshop: Nurturing Independence from the Start

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In this post, I’ll describe how four parts of writing workshop can foster independence: Minilessons, Independent Writing Time, Partner Time, and the Reflection/Closing.

A To Be Written List

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What will be on your To Be Written List this summer?

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

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!