Author Archive

Making Structure Visible

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Teaching structural elements sometimes takes a visual touch.

Betsy’s One Little Word of 2016

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All week the TWT team has been sharing our One Little Word for 2016! If you missed any be sure to take a look at the inspirational words for the new year.

Write. Share. Give.

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Explore and learn. Just write.

Write. Share. Give.

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Take some advice from a third-grader, “Pick up a pencil and paper and get to writing.”

Write. Share. Give.

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Need some inspiration? Try my word of the day!

Personal Essay Body Paragraphs

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Where are the paragraphs and what are they suppose to look like?

Write. Share. Give.

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Come share your story today!

Stepping Into Personal Essay

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GAH! I’ve never taught an essay unit! Watch me stumble, watch me fall, and watch me pick up all the pieces as they come together!

It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give

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Come join the slicing community and share your story today.

The View from Pennsylvania: A Trip to Highlights Foundation

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  A little over a year ago, Stacey posted about an “Unworkshop” at a place called the Highlights Foundation. Her experience sounded blissful and it soon became something on my bucket list. I… Continue reading

Writers ARE Readers: A Review and a Giveaway

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Writers ARE Readers explores the connection between reading and writing instruction.

Allowing Student Choice within Information Writing: Diving into Information Writing

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How do you encourage students when beginning the writing process for information writing? Give them choices!

The Physical Act of Writing — PART OF #TWTBLOG’S THROWBACK WEEK

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In this throwback post, Stacey gives strategies and tips for our youngest writers. She lays out ideas, in a practical way for the classroom, helping students develop the skills necessary for the physical act of writing.

Revisiting the OLW

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Time to reflect on your OLW and to start thinking of the new year!

Developing Storytellers

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Support your writers with a plan, choice, and conversation.

What Are You Doing to Encourage Ownership?

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A writing exercise and some wise words.

Slipping Backward

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What do you do when you see the slip?

Thoughts on Teaching Writing to Children with Special Needs

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As I hold on to my last day of summer I am reminding myself to be optimistic and open when encountering children who have special needs. How will you tackle the challenges of special needs children in your classroom this year?

A Place for Quiet

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How do you structure your workshop to work for all personalities?

Writing Camp

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I hosted a writing camp this summer! It gave students some inspiration and gave me a little warm-up on getting back in the school groove.