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The Rising Writers Club

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My school offered a before school writing club and it was a hit! Here is a quick glimpse and a little tip on teaching poetry as April approaches.

Day 14 of the March SOLSC #SOL17

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Almost halfway there, if you didn’t think you were a writer before, you are now. Embrace it, congratulate yourself, and take a breath. Day 14 and counting.

Announcing the Winner of the SOLSC Commenting Challenge

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This weekend slicers had the opportunity to win a prize from Stenhouse Publishers featuring a workshop by Debbie Diller and her book, Growing Independent Learners. Check out the winner!

Day 13 of the March SOLSC #SOL17

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Have you noticed the noticing? It always happens. When you begin writing every day you begin to notice everything small that before might have seemed like dust on a shelf. Missed. Forgotten. Unnoticed. Until now.

Day 12 of the March SOLSC #SOL17

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What different styles have you tried for your slices? Poetry? Images and words? Lists of observations? Be sure to check out different ways to slice while you comment this weekend. Also, be sure to check out the commenting challenge post that went up yesterday!

Day 11 of the March SOLSC #SOL17

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Welcome back to the SOLSC. It’s day eleven! Be sure to check out the commenting challenge post that is up today as well!

Get Ready for a Commenting Challenge #SOL17

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Are you ready for a challenge? It’s our first mid-month challenge of the SOLSC! Get ready to roll out some extra comments.

Day 10 of the March SOLSC #SOL17

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Sometimes the stories are wrapped in memory and sometimes they are staring you in the face when you wake up in the morning. Either way, don’t forget to share your slice today!

Day 9 of the March SOLSC #SOL17

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Nine days in and going strong! Welcome back to SOLSC.

Day 8 of the March SOLSC #SOL17

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Another day of the SOLSC! Keep going, keep writing, and keep commenting.

Day 7 of the March SOLSC #SOL17

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Share a slice on this seventh day of our challenge! Have you started noticing the stories that live in your every day everyday life?

Day 6 of the March SOLSC #SOL17

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It’s day six! Join us for the SOLSC.

10th Annual SOLSC Prize Reveal

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Don’t let those self-doubting dialogues, “There is no way I can write for 31 days, what am I thinking,” creep into your brain! But, in case you need a prize more tangible than the rewards of writing every day, we’ve sweetened the deal with a prize reveal. You cannot possibly consider turning back now!

Creating Change: Authentic Purposes for Writing

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It’s often difficult for children to see themselves as change-makers. Writing and processing small or big ideas can help children see that their voices can be powerful guides for change, even if the change is simply making someone’s day.

The Writing Strategies Book + Giveaway!

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Ever wish you could have all the best strategies from your favorite writing teachers in one place? Atwell, Fletcher, Ray, Calkins, Heard and more are among the many hat tips in Jen Serravallo’s newest publication, THE WRITING STRATEGIES BOOK. Come take a look at how Jen expertly weaves her own expertise and ideas along with tried and true favorites from the best of the best.

Mindset Matters

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Teaching students to have a growth mindset and truly understand what happens as they learn has been a big goal for me this year. Over the winter break, a book re-sparked my thinking and how I needed to more intentionally equate our mindset to our process as writers.

Betsy’s OLW for 2017

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Our lives are divided into moments. Here I will take you on a little journey as I found my OLW of 2017. Have you chosen a word to live by?

Collaborating with Colleagues: Assessment Strengthens Writers

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Assessment has played a big role in my shifts as a writing teacher. Colleagues have helped me get there. Come see my journey of the people in my life who have not only impacted the writers in my classroom but have impacted me as a teacher. Assessment strengthens all of us when done right!

Pablo and His Chair + Giveaways!

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Meet Pablo and take an adventure in Delphine Perret’s book as he travels the world!

Intentional Talk with Writing Partners

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Elevate the experience of using talk within your workshop with some tools.