Author Archive

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.

Writing in Preschool: Questions and Answers

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Before this series of posts on preschool writers began, I asked you to tell me what burning questions you had. Get ready for a Q&A!

Writing in Preschool: Scope and Sequence

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Writing is a big animal. A subjective animal as well when it comes to teaching our youngest writers.

Writing in Preschool. Where Does it All Fit?

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“People who are comfortable composing are much more likely to have strong identities as writers than people who don’t.” Katie Wood Ray & Matt Glover

Introducing the Support Team for the March SOLSC!

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Join us in introducing a great team to make the March SOLSC even better!

In The Beginning…Writing in Preschool

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“Children’s play helps them focus on common problems in the format they know best: story.” Vivian Gussin Paley

ICYMI: A Recap of This Week’s Blog Series, Writing About Reading

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Our second blog series has come to an end. This post wraps up the Writing About Reading Blog Series. Also, we’d like to invite you to our Twitter Chat on Monday evening 8:30-9:30 EST.

Writing About Reading: Opinion Writing in a K-1 Collaboration

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Everything from interactive, shared and letter writing, to opinion pieces. This K-1 collaboration started with reading!

Write, Share, Give: SOL Time

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“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.”
―Victor Hugo

Reflection and Growth: Writing in Preschool

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Have you ever found yourself in this place? A place where you begin to see something missing and immediately want to change? Be better? I hope so!

Write, Share, Give: SOLS Time

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“Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way.”
― Ray Bradbury

Tapping Into Motivation

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How do you motivate students and tap into their interests? What are you doing to create an environment that allows students to take a risk?

Write, Share, Give: SOLS Time

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“Write what should not be forgotten.”
― Isabel Allende

Betsy’s One Little Word For 2014

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come to my quietness
I shall cover you with it, like
a white sheet that has blown all day in
the sun, like a mountain lake
filled with spring, it shall slip over you.
— Diane di Prima

Will You Help In March?

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Can you believe it is approaching the seventh annual March Slice of Life Story Challenge?

Building Stamina in Primary Writers

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My Kindergarten Classroom in October of 2011 Looking around the room…… “I’m done,” echoes as a line forms. I begin looking at the work, making my way down the line. The drawings lack… Continue reading

The Importance of Sharing

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How does sharing fit into your writing workshop routine? Find tools and ideas to put sharing on your priority list of daily rituals.