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Day 12 of the March SOLSC! #SOL15

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Don’t forget to comment on three other bloggers today. Consider coming back and commenting on someone who posted later in the day as well! We all need a little comment love.

Day 11 of the March SOLSC! #SOL15

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It’s day eleven! Remember to give at least three other slicers some comment love during the day today.

A Slice of Poetry

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Slice up a quick write and a poem may emerge!

#DUBLIT15

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I am a Michigan girl at heart, but there is something special about the educators in and around the Dublin, Ohio area. I had the privilege of presenting and attending the Dublin Literacy… Continue reading

Aim Higher: The Rest of the Story

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Earlier in the week Anna talked about making goals visible. This is so true. When we make goals visible for students they are able to go back to that visual multiple times and… Continue reading

The Art of Listening

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Silence. It is the other side of talk. It is the back board of listening. When we are silent it opens up our mind to what is going on around us. It allows… Continue reading

Call For Volunteers: Will You Help?

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Can you believe the March SOLSC is just over a month away? We hope you will join us and if you are feeling extra adventurous consider being a volunteer to help with this endeavor!

Betsy’s One Little Word of 2015

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I thought a lot about my word for 2015. Anyone who is choosing a word to define their year typically does put some weight on the idea. It can mean as much as… Continue reading

Awaken the Writer Inside of You

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I first heard of the “Heart Map” in 2003 from Nancie Atwell at Walloon Institute in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. I remember thinking it was genius. Then a year later I read the book,… Continue reading

Throwback Week: Student Self-Assessment: Introducing the Writing Checklist

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Back in October, Tara introduced us to her checklist process with students. What I love about this post is that Tara doesn’t have students use a checklist merely for the purpose of checking… Continue reading

Where Do the Words Go?

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When students first begin writing their stories they are oral and planned drawings. Eventually, however, letters and words begin to emerge on the page. How do we instruct this change? It first begins with… Continue reading

You Just Don’t Get It

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Do you ever feel like kids just aren’t getting “it?” You look at what they are doing but the “what” isn’t telling you anything. Try looking below the surface to the find the… Continue reading

Will We See You?

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We are excited to present at #NCTE14 this year. Come check out our session G.07, Saturday at 9:30!

Be a Teacher Who Writes Poetry

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Need some inspiration? Try writing a poem today using one of these tips for getting started!

Work Smarter: Picture Books That Pack a Punch + Giveaways!

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What picture books pack a punch for you in the workshop? Here are seven titles that are sure to give you bang for your buck.

One Little Word: Silence

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Did you pick one little word this year? How’s it going?

Oral Mentor Texts + a Giveaway!

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Assuming that children understand the elements of a story is assuming too much. These elements must be taught if they are meant to be used in the writing process.

From Shared to Independent Practice: Drawing Lessons Continued

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Last week we looked at a couple of students who were working on the visual plan and the use of drawing lessons. Let’s peek in and see how that work is coming along in the shared and independent practice of writing workshop.

Visualizing the Plan Part Two: Drawing Lessons

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Sometimes when students visualize an elaborate plan it is frustrating when that doesn’t just happen on the page. Here are some tips to get students closer to their vision.

Visualizing a Plan

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Visualizing a plan helps students see their story before putting it to paper.