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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?

SOL Tuesday

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Come let your words out!

Write, Share, Give

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Notice stories as they flicker around you. Share them here. It’s SOL Tuesday!

OLW Check-In

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How is your OLW of 2017 going?

It’s SOL Tuesday

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Read some slices, get inspired, write your own! It’s SOL Tuesday.

It’s Tuesday! Write, Share, Give

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Come share a story.

ICYMI: Keep Learning Going Throughout the Summer Recap

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I learned a lot and saved many ideas from my co-author team at TWT through the latest blog series, KEEP LEARNING GOING THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER. Just in case you missed a post you can find a recap today. Also, we have a bonus parent letter for you to use with your families and of course a GIVEAWAY announcement!

The Why, The Slide, and Goal Setting: Keep Learning Going Throughout the Summer

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Teachers typically spend the first three-six weeks reviewing previous skills while building routines within their classrooms. What can we do to encourage students to hold on to their learning and practice through the summer? We hope to tackle this question through the week in our blog series.

Keep Learning Going Throughout the Summer: A Blog Series

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Have you tried to encourage your students to keep their writing life momentum going through the summer? This week on TWT we plan to share tips on motivating your students to continue the writing habit and stifle the summer slide.

See Something Where There is Nothing: A Poetry Lesson

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Need a fresh idea for poetry? Try this lesson!

2017 SOLSC Prize Winners

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Are you ready? It’s the 2017 March SOLSC prize winners!

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!