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In the Name of Accountability

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When is the last time you asked yourself, “What do I believe?” Have you asked your students what they believe? Our level of success is often a reflection of what we believe in ourselves. Having the power to make moves in our learning is less about being held accountable and more about revising our beliefs as we learn.

Betsy’s OLW for 2018

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Our OLW posts conclude today and comments on the giveaway close this evening at 11:59 EST. We hope you have enjoyed our One Little Word posts to open the year of 2018. We humbly enter another year as a group of co-authors who thoroughly enjoy being a part of your lives as teachers, writers, and dreamers. 

A Winter Recess

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A winter recess is upon us here at Two Writing Teachers. A break is nice, but we have a lot in store for 2018. We can’t wait to come back in January with a fresh start!

OLW Reflection: Step

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Reflecting on the steps of the year as I watch students taking their own.

It’s SOL Tuesday!

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Warm up with a story.

Write. Share. Give.

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What’s new in your world? Share a story and connect with a community. It’s SOL Tuesday!

SOL Tuesday

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Share a story today. It’s Tuesday SOL!

Misunderstandings Within The Writing Process

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The writing process is not always linear, it is not a circle of steps, it is not something that needs to be done the same way twice. The writing process might be different everytime a writer sits down to start. It might be different for someone writing a poem one day and an essay a week later. The writing process is as unique as the writer. Embrace the process and its endless possibilities as students move forward.

SOL Tuesday

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Write. Share. Give.
Welcome to the weekly Slice of LIfe.

Parental Intentions: Solving Predictable Problems

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Children deserve a caring adult in their corner. Sometimes good intentions can backfire. As we continue the series on Predictable Problems, today we tackle parental figures and misunderstandings related to the writing workshop.

National Day on Writing: Last Minute Ideas!

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It’s not too late to plan a celebration of National Day on Writing. NCTE celebrates on this day each year the importance and most of all the delight that writing can bring to our lives using #WhyIWrite as a common theme. Take a look at some quick ideas to get your celebration rolling if you didn’t set a plan in motion for this special day.

Sticky Notes, Arrows, and Margins, Oh My!

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Sharing strategies to prepare for revision later can set up students for success.

What Are They Looking At? Tackling Slow Starters

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Helping students take back their writing time when they are a slow starter.

Make Your Teaching Vivid: Show, Don’t Tell

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You are probably familiar with the writing move SHOW, DON’T TELL. However, do you recognize its potential as a teaching move? Enjoy the start of two journeys with two students who are seeing their potential unfold.

Fault Lines in the Constitution: A Review, Five Tips, + Giveaway!

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This new book by Cynthia and Sanford Levinson is a treasure trove of information as well as a handy example of many elements of inspiring nonfiction writing.

Three Tips to Avoid Over Committing to First Words: Revision

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Helping light the way to revision for our writers while honoring those first words.

Sorting Out Your Edge Pieces

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Are you motivated and ready to dive into writing workshop this year after the Writing Workshop Fundamentals blog series? Here are some things to consider as you begin to piece together the big picture.

Small Groups: Writing Workshop Fundamentals

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Our blog series on writing workshop fundamentals continues through the weekend. Take a look at how you can benefit from incorporating small groups into your daily writing workshop routine.

Responding to Reflection: Editing

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Professional writers often reach for professional editors in the writing world. Why not create the opportunity for students to be the professionals?

Five Questions for Reflection

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Thinking back over the year, what do you hope to continue or change before students return in the fall?