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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.

A Tool for Talking During the Workshop

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Kathy Collins inspired a new writing tool in my classroom!

Critique Group Check-In

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How is your critique group going? See what others are saying!

Fox’s Garden Book Review and Giveaway!

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Give a wordless book a try during your next writing workshop and see the possibilities.

Chalk-A-Bration: Poetry and Chalk Celebration

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Celebrate Chalketry on the last day of each month!

Kindergarten Writing Workshop: The First Weeks

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What is the breakdown of your first two-three weeks of workshop? Here’s a peek into my plans for my kindergarten students.