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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!

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