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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!

Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 22 of 31

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It’s Day Twenty-two of the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge. Welcome back! If your students are struggling to find inspiration, you might teach them a few new strategies.

Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 21 of 31

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Starting to get stuck for ideas? Try this strategy shared by Aparna Rugapathi on her blog, Serendipity.

Using Your Own Writing as a Teaching Tool

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It seems appropriate that today’s post should be related to using your own writing in the classroom. We are, after all, in the midst of the March Slice of Life Story Challenge. And what… Continue reading

The Amazing Cure for Students Who Won’t Write

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Are you hoping for a magic spell that will make kids write?

Songs for Celebrating Writing

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A quick list of some favorite songs for writing celebrations, to brighten your day!

A Compliment Conference

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In my day-to-day teaching I often get swept up in trying to load students up with next step after next step… after next step. Sometimes, what might benefit some students most, however, is clear… Continue reading

Calling All Teachers! Join the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge!

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Calling all teachers and students! Join us for the March Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge!

ICYMI Aim Higher: Outgrow Old Goals and Set New Ones

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Last week Tara, Betsy, Dana, Anna, Stacey and I wrote about the importance of having writing goals for your students: how to set them, how to keep track of them, how to make them visible, and how to make them a part of your daily classroom life.

In cased you missed it, here’s a round up of our posts.

Aim Higher: Conferring and Student Goals

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So, you’ve studied your students’ writing, analyzing their work for strengths and next steps. Maybe you took home a giant stack of writers notebooks, or a huge pile of on-demand writing assessments, or maybe you’ve just finished reading their published pieces. Now what?

Grammar Lessons: A Time and A Place

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Encouraging kids to make decisions about their writing, rather than blindly following grammar rules helps lifts the level of their thinking, and the level of their writing.

Three Words for Fostering Adventurous Writers: “Just Try It.”

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At our house we have a rule at dinner time: You have to try everything on your plate. Personally, I think it’s a great rule, if I do say so myself. It’s a… Continue reading