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SOL Tuesday

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Stop for a moment today and write.

Reimagining Writing Assessment: A Reflection + Giveaway

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In the opening pages of Maja Wilson’s book, REIMAGINING WRITING ASSESSMENT, Thomas Newkirk gets the ball rolling with this statement, “Rubrics regularly fail to offer help to a writer because they focus on what writing has (features) not what writing does (effect).” Today I’m sharing my reflections as well as offering a giveaway to one lucky reader.

Transitioning From Support to Independence

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What areas of independence do you wish writers took on more freely in your workshop?

Write. Share. Give.

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Welcome to the final month of 2018’s Slice of Life community!

The Quickwrite Handbook, A Review +Giveaway

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Linda Rief has collected a treasure of mentor texts and created a guide to encourage you to find your own treasures! Start here, get inspired, and then see what you find when you start looking. It can be as small or big as you want when you begin and Linda gives us all the right tools to get started.

ICYMI: Notebooks as a Writer’s Tool

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We hope you enjoyed our November Blog Series all about writer’s notebooks. In case you missed it, here is the recap to get you up to speed!

Whose Notebook is it Anyway? Notebooks as a Writer’s Tool

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Encouraging engagement with notebooks means we may need to get out of the way. The notebook should always feel like it belongs to the writer.

The Writing Process for Perfectionists

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To put it simply, the writing process can be excruciating for our perfectionists. If we aren’t careful, we can unintentionally curb the enthusiasm of a writer who leans toward perfection.

Synthesizing: The Step Between Research and Writing

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Synthesizing is that step we can’t skip when teaching our writers to craft research writing. It is within the wait time between the research and the writing that students gain their best understandings. Here are five strategies to help your writers fill that wait time with meaningful ways to get their gears in motion in a mixing of new thinking.

Listening Bit by Bit

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Using video and visuals helped this young third-grader lead his class in a lesson on rehearsal and planning.

Stepping Toward Poetry

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Did you experiment with some poetry now that the school year is in full swing? If not, here are a few more ideas to convince you poetry can be woven into your day. It starts with you.

Poetry Every Day in 5 Minutes or Less

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For some, this might be your last evening before school begins. For others, you might be on your third week! Tonight I’m sharing five, five-minute ideas that might just help you fit poetry into your day, each day. I needed to find a solution to the lack of poetry in my day for my students and I’m hoping these ideas might just inspire some of your own as you begin a new year.

Five Tips to Building a Rereading Habit

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Do you make time for your writers to reread? Rereading is one of those pieces of the workshop we might be assuming our writers are doing but direction is needed to really make it a habit. Here are five tips to give rereading a place in your writing workshop this year.

This is the Year I’m Going to Use Purposeful Partnerships

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Welcome to a crash course in setting up partnerships for your writing workshop. You’ll find actionable steps to get started with room to grow and make partnerships a seamless part of your workshop environment.

Dreaming Big for This Year’s Writing Workshop

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Get ready for an invigorating series this week as we encourage you to dream big. This is your year to take one or a few elements from your workshop and reach heights you never have before.

July Vacation

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Summer is here and we are taking a break before August hits!

OLW Check-In: Note

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How’s your OLW going this year? Mine has been popping up again recently and reminding me to make more of an effort.

Spontaneous Sparks

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My students got extra creative when we used some extra time in a spontaneous way!

Before You Go…

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It’s that time of year when we start to think about all the things we didn’t get to do with our students! Here are five writing exercises I am going to make sure students don’t leave without!

More Than Tinkering: Looking Back and Moving Forward

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Revision is a process. It is also a frequently misunderstood endeavor. As a teacher, I have often revised my beliefs to re-see my goals and purpose when it comes to teaching my writers the best revision strategies.