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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.

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