Author Archive

A Writer’s Mindset–Part Two

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The mindset of our writers has a direct impact on the progress and success of our writers.

Questions as Learning Target Prompts

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Learning targets, Post-Its, and I Can statements live in classrooms everywhere. Consider building those together through questions and prompts!

What’s in a Strategy?

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Do your writers know how strategies can help them reach their destination? Better yet, do they know where they are going?

Writers Need Tools!

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As teachers, we have tools we use across the day and toolkits we use within our writing workshop. As I get ready for my second week of school here is a glimpse at the tools my writers will be gathering this week as we get further into the routines of our writing workshop!

ICYMI: Nurturing Independence From the Start

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Just in case you missed a post, we’ve got all the links in one place! PLUS–The giveaway winners!

A Writer’s Mindset: Nurturing Independence from the Start

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Does the mindset of our student writers impact their independence? How does OUR mindset impact their independence as writers?
After a lot of researching, reading, writing, and reflecting I’m sharing some insights and steps toward building a growth mindset in our classroom communities of writers. Join in the conversation!

But How do I Teach Writing?

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Even with all we know. Even with resources, colleagues, and advice all around. The question still looms in our minds–But How Do I Teach Writing?

Preschool Down the Hall: An End of Year Cure

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Sometimes we are learning more than we are teaching, and that makes us better teachers.

Ten Possible Minutes: Sacred Writing

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Every year brings with it new surprises. I was delightfully surprised by just ten minutes this year. Ten minutes made a big difference.

Strategies for Reading a Professional Text: Strengthening Professional Learning Blog Series

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If you’re like me, your to-be-read pile feels big and impossible! Let me share with you how I tackle my professional learning before, during, and after I’ve read a professional text.

SOLSC 2019 Prize Winners Revealed!

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If you were fueled by the 12th Annual SOLSC this month your day might get a little sweeter! Prize winners are revealed today and were all donated by generous authors, publishers, and individuals.

Disguising Engagement

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True engagement is hard to miss. However, there are several look-a-likes out there. Some are called compliance and participation.

Who Inspires You? A Challenge for First-Time Slicers

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This weekend, we have a special challenge for first-year slicers! We are beyond grateful to NCTE for a generous and swag-a-riffic prize for two lucky winners!

Staying on the Rails: Structuring Fictional Stories

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How do you broaden creativity while fostering story structure?

DAY 11 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL19

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Do you find yourself seeing stories around every corner?

DAY 10 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL19

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Remember, today all slicers get 23 hours to slice due to Daylight Savings Time.

DAY 9 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL19

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Time zones and time changes! It can all get pretty confusing. Take a look at the announcement section on today’s post to get clarity.

DAY 8 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL19

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Comments are a slicers treat! Visit some new-to-you slicers today.

DAY 7 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL19

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Seven days into a daily writing habit. Congratulations!

Teaching Writers to Reflect + Giveaway

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For the past two weeks, I’ve been immersing myself in some reflection. This book, TEACHING WRITERS TO REFLECT, has been an excellent tool as I pass along reflective practices to my students.