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Nature Writing for All Ages and Stages

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In our family, bringing along a small notebook or a journal when we travel has become a tradition. Maybe you’ll make it part of your summer plans as well.

Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge

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Share a story with us today, and every Tuesday.

What Will You Write This Summer?

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Glue your butt to the chair, every day, or at least once a week, and you will not only become a better writer–you’ll become a better teacher of writing.

The Importance of Wait Time and Think Time

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how do you become the kind of teacher who leaves plenty of think time? How do you go from rapid-fire, to more thoughtful questioning?

A Love of Grammar

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Here is a round-up of some of my favorite grammar-related websites and resources. You will notice that there are no worksheets here.

Planning for the Planning

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It’s hard to believe that the end of the school year is already in sight. In the schools I where I currently work, mid-June is the end of the year–that’s just four weeks away!

That means it’s time to begin planning for next year!

Conferring Toolkits: Class Stories, Shared Writing and Interactive Writing

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Whether it’s storytelling, or shared writing, or interactive writing, any piece of writing that your whole class created together is going to be extremely helpful to have at your fingertips while you are moving about the classroom conferring.

Blog Series: A Peek Inside Conferring Toolkits

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This week my friends and I at Two Writing Teachers will take you on a tour of our writing toolkits. You won’t want to miss a single post this week!

Reading & Writing Connections: Getting to Know a Character on the Outside and the Inside

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“Writers,” Ali said as she leaned in close to teach her second graders, “I’ve got an important tip for you about your realistic fiction characters. You’ve done such a great job describing what they are… Continue reading

A Week of Oldies But Goodies: Throwback Week!

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This week on Two Writing Teachers, we each chose another co-author’s previously published post to feature as part of our very own Throwback Week.

Helping Silent Kids Talk in a Conference

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Last week, I had a little brainstorming session with one of my favorite groups of teachers and we came up with a list of tried-and-true teaching moves to help the truly non-talking kids open up a little when it comes time to talk about the work they’ve been doing.

Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 31 of 31!!

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It’s been a wonderful month of reading and writing. We hope that you’re inspired to keep on writing. You are all invited to join us every Tuesday for our Slice of Life Story Challenge throughout the year. And, of course, we hope to see you all next year!

Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 30 of 31

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It’s the penultimate day of the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge! What a month it has been!

Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 29 of 31

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CLASSROOM SLICE OF LIFE STORY CHALLENGE: DAY 29 OF  31 Welcome to Day 29! Here are some quotes to keep you and your students motivated to get through the LAST FEW DAYS OF… Continue reading

Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 28 of 31

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CLASSROOM SLICE OF LIFE STORY CHALLENGE: DAY 28 OF  31 It is Day Twenty-Eight of the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge. Hooray! At this point your kids have generated a ton of stories.… Continue reading

Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 27 of 31

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You and your students are on the home stretch! You can do it!

Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 26 of 31

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CLASSROOM SLICE OF LIFE STORY CHALLENGE: DAY 26 OF  31 Welcome to Day 26! As I’ve been reading all month long, I’ve been enjoying all the stories about kids’ lives. Hanging out with friends,… Continue reading

Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 25 of 31

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A really great lead sentence can really pull a reader into your story–not only that but as a writer, once you have a great lead sentence, the rest of the writing comes more easily! Check out some great leads by students over the past few days and weeks:

Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 24 of 31

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Do you teach English Language Learners? Some ideas and resources for blogging with ELLs.

Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 23 of 31

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A good comparison or metaphor can take you far!