Author Archive

Purposeful Play: A Review and a Giveaway

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In the new book Purposeful Play: A Teachers Guide to Igniting Deep & Joyful Learning Across the Day, Kristine Mraz, Alison Porcelli, and Cheryl Tyler have laid out the research and practical advice that many of us have been looking for.

ICYMI: Teaching Writing with Mentor Texts Blog Series

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This is the blog series for you if you are looking for inspiration or advice on using all sorts of mentor texts in your classroom including published books, student work, digital media, and teacher-created texts.

Reading Like a Writer, Step-By-Step: Teaching Writing with Mentor Texts

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This week at Two Writing Teachers will be sharing ideas about teaching writing with mentor texts: from published books, to student work, digital media, to teacher-created texts. This blog series will inspire you to dive in and find the perfect texts to learn from with your students.

ICYMI: School Leadership Blog Series on #TWTBlog

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Over the past week we’ve had the honor of hosting posts from school leaders including principals, superintendents, curriculum coordinators, supervisors, and directors. Their posts brought a different perspective to our community here at Two Writing Teachers and we thank them for that.

Ten Tips for Coaching into Writing Partnerships

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Do you ever have the feeling that every time you come near a partnership, they stop what they were really doing? Here are ten tips for coaching into partnerships, without taking over.

Day 23 of the March SOLSC #SOL16

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Welcome to Day 23 of the March Slice of Life Story Challenge. We’re glad you’re with us!

Day 22 of the March SOLSC #SOL16

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Welcome to Day 22 of the March SOLSC! You’re on the home stretch!

Day 21 of the March SOLSC

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You made it to Day 21 of #sol16! Hooray!

Day 20 of the March SOLSC #SOL16

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Welcome to Day 20 of the March Slice of Life Story Challenge# #sol16

Day 19 of the March SOLSC #SOL16

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Welcome to Day 19! We’re so glad you’re with us!

Day 18 of the March SOLSC #SOL16

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Welcome to the 18th day of the Slice of Life Story Challenge #sol16

Day 17 of the March SOLSC

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Welcome to Day 17 of the Slice of Life Story Challenge!

Day 16 of the March SOLSC

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Welcome to Day 16!

Day 15 of the March SOLSC

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Congratulations! You made it to Day 15!

Teaching Side-By-Side: Coaching and Classroom Visits

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This month, interspersed with the Slice of Life Story Challenge, my colleagues and I are writing about professional development possibilities. Many of our readers are literacy coaches, team leaders, administrators, professors, and classroom teachers… Continue reading

And the Winner of the Commenting Challenge is. . .

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Congratulations to the winner of this weekend’s Commenting Challenge!

Get Ready for a Commenting Challenge!

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As you know, our community thrives on comments. We share our stories in the hopes we will connect with our readers. In the spirit of that community, we offer the first mid-month challenge of the 9th Annual SOLSC.

Instant Minilesson Follow-Up

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A strong active engagement, and a routine for informally assessing student work during the minilesson can give you the tools you need to be sure that no student leaves the meeting area completely confused.

“I want to give you a compliment.”

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The next time you are conferring, try this neat little tip that one of my wonderful colleagues shared with me.

Lessons from Characters Who Are Writers: Discovering the Writer’s Life

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Kids often feel as though that they are the only ones who have ever been stuck for ideas, or been laughed at, or had a story rejected (by a teacher, or friend). No matter where you live, no matter what you write, there is no need to discover every writing problem all on your own. That’s where characters in books come in. Why not learn from them?