Author Archive

Focus Lessons: A Review and Giveaway!

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Reading Ralph Fletcher’s newest book, Focus Lessons, revealed memories of my childhood much the way photos can be revealed in a pan of solution. Slowly, vividly, and magically.

Write. Share. Give.

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What is happening in your corner of the world? Share your story.

Tuesday SOL!

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What’s new in your November? Share a story, read a story, and join a community.

Entry Points to Build Independence: Reaching Your Writers

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Where are the places your writers find themselves stuck? Identifying our writers’ sticky spots can help us determine entry points for writers to pull themselves out of being stuck and instead strive!

Write. Share. Give.

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It’s a great day for a slice of life story!

Reaching Your Writers Blog Series

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All week here at Two Writing Teachers we will be sharing how to reach ALL of your writers.

SOL Tuesday!

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Welcome to the first Tuesday in November!

Three Keys to Writing Partnership Success

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There can be many moving parts in the writing workshop. Partnerships can be a driving force in the growth and goal setting of writers within your classroom. In my experience, there are three areas I work to strengthen within my writers to ensure partnerships foster this growth and development across the year.

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.