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Interactive Writing: Don’t Close the Door

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Interactive Writing? Yeah, I wasn’t a believer. I will admit this openly; I had kind of fought against it and did not see it working in my classroom until many years ago. What… Continue reading

My Re-Programming Process

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Sometimes you just have to start over.

Sharpen Your Workshop Routines: The Importance of Talk Within the Workshop Process

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Writing is hard. Letting our ideas float in the space around us makes the words come to the page more easily.

Let’s Get it Started!

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Start a writing journey today!

Force Field for Good and a Giveaway!

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Learn about Barry Lane’s newest book, Force Field for Good and enter for the giveaway!

ALL WRITE!!! Daring Greatly

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  On Wednesday my students, for two years, will be getting on their bus and riding home after our final day together. It will be bittersweet as I give them my last hug… Continue reading

How About a Critique Group: Fostering Teacher Writers

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Are you ready to join a writing critique group? Take the plunge and sign up as we start you on a new writing journey!

Have You Used Prezi?

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I had heard of Prezi. I thought about Prezi. I used Powerpoint anyway. I am preparing a presentation for July and had it practically done in Powerpoint. I was happy with the muted… Continue reading

Developing Endings with Primary Writers

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NO! Don’t let it end!
How do you develop a good ending to a story? Use text and student examples.

How Do First Graders Choose Narrow Topics?

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We will be starting a unit on informational writing to wrap up the school year. I wanted to demonstrate a different way of finding a topic, a narrow topic. I find that young… Continue reading

How Do You Pull Away? Let Go of Their Hand

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Letting go can be hard. Here are some thoughts on how to engage and disengage from the writer during the process of building independence.

Words Come Alive

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How do you make words come alive? In third grade we talked about description and details making our words visible to the reader.

It’s SOL Time

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“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”
― Louis L’Amour

A Special Visitor

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No need to adjust your glasses, that’s Barry Lane and he spread his message throughout my school this week.

Write, Share, Give: It’s SOL Time

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Share a story from your well.

It’s SOL Time!

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What’s going on in your world today? Share your story here today at TWT!

How to Write a Poem: An Exercise

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“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”

―William Wordsworth

Collaborative Poetry

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Who knew Facebook could be a place to generate poetry. Yes, it’s true!

Write, Share, Give: SOL Time

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Yesterday was the last day of the March SOLSC but it doesn’t have to end there! Come join us today for Tuesday SOL.

Be Your Higher Self

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Are you being your higher self? It’s not always easy. Barry Lane and Colleen Mestdagh gave me a lesson in teaching this idea to my students through song, writing and conversation.