Author Archive

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.

Students and Goal Setting: My Choice, My Growth, My Responsibility

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Asking my students to set their own goals creates one more opportunity for each of them to be in charge of their learning and reflect on their growth as a writer.

Making Connections with Poetry

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I am on a technology roll lately! First Evernote and now Padlet. Check out the start of a new tool to inspire my students.

Making Comparisons: A Little Glimpse at Discovering Similes

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This week I’ve been checking and monitoring my students’ work and making plans. I’ve been delving into some fun lessons from, The Big Book of Details by Roz Linder for inspiration and using… Continue reading

Making Progress…Without Getting Frustrated!

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A little reflection after the first days of school.

Where Do Stories Belong?

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We often say things like, “stories are everywhere,” but do we really show students where stories can live?

Going Digital #BeBrave

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Follow me this year as I try for the fifth time to go digital. Some say, “third time’s the charm.” It wasn’t for me. Maybe the fifth time, with some extra determination, will do the trick!

#NCTEchat Preview: Why Writing Workshop?

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Join us for a discussion centered on why writing workshop WORKS!

Unpacking the Power of Talk: Starting with What Matters Most

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Early on, as a writing teacher, I didn’t realize the power that talk plays in the writing workshop. Over the years, I have learned there are many benefits from intentionally making talk a priority.

Micro-Workshop: Making Time for Conventions and Grammar

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How do you find time to put a focus on the littlest pieces of our writing to create big pieces of work?

SUMMER LEARNING PLANS

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As I looked ahead and began to attempt to set goals for the upcoming school year I realized I needed a plan. What is your summer learning plan?

Expository Leads + Giveaways!

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Challenging students to push past their safe zones of writing has been a challenge all year. We all reaped some great rewards as the year came to a close.

One Little Word Check-In

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Have you checked in on your OLW?