Author Archive

Misunderstandings Within The Writing Process

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The writing process is not always linear, it is not a circle of steps, it is not something that needs to be done the same way twice. The writing process might be different everytime a writer sits down to start. It might be different for someone writing a poem one day and an essay a week later. The writing process is as unique as the writer. Embrace the process and its endless possibilities as students move forward.

SOL Tuesday

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Write. Share. Give.
Welcome to the weekly Slice of LIfe.

Parental Intentions: Solving Predictable Problems

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Children deserve a caring adult in their corner. Sometimes good intentions can backfire. As we continue the series on Predictable Problems, today we tackle parental figures and misunderstandings related to the writing workshop.

National Day on Writing: Last Minute Ideas!

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It’s not too late to plan a celebration of National Day on Writing. NCTE celebrates on this day each year the importance and most of all the delight that writing can bring to our lives using #WhyIWrite as a common theme. Take a look at some quick ideas to get your celebration rolling if you didn’t set a plan in motion for this special day.

Sticky Notes, Arrows, and Margins, Oh My!

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Sharing strategies to prepare for revision later can set up students for success.

What Are They Looking At? Tackling Slow Starters

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Helping students take back their writing time when they are a slow starter.

Make Your Teaching Vivid: Show, Don’t Tell

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You are probably familiar with the writing move SHOW, DON’T TELL. However, do you recognize its potential as a teaching move? Enjoy the start of two journeys with two students who are seeing their potential unfold.

Fault Lines in the Constitution: A Review, Five Tips, + Giveaway!

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This new book by Cynthia and Sanford Levinson is a treasure trove of information as well as a handy example of many elements of inspiring nonfiction writing.

Three Tips to Avoid Overcommitting to First Words: Revision

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Helping light the way to revision for our writers while honoring those first words.

Sorting Out Your Edge Pieces

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Are you motivated and ready to dive into writing workshop this year after the Writing Workshop Fundamentals blog series? Here are some things to consider as you begin to piece together the big picture.

Small Groups: Writing Workshop Fundamentals

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Our blog series on writing workshop fundamentals continues through the weekend. Take a look at how you can benefit from incorporating small groups into your daily writing workshop routine.

Responding to Reflection: Editing

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Professional writers often reach for professional editors in the writing world. Why not create the opportunity for students to be the professionals?

Five Questions for Reflection

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Thinking back over the year, what do you hope to continue or change before students return in the fall?

SOL Tuesday

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Come let your words out!

Write, Share, Give

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Notice stories as they flicker around you. Share them here. It’s SOL Tuesday!

OLW Check-In

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How is your OLW of 2017 going?

It’s SOL Tuesday

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Read some slices, get inspired, write your own! It’s SOL Tuesday.

It’s Tuesday! Write, Share, Give

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Come share a story.

ICYMI: Keep Learning Going Throughout the Summer Recap

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I learned a lot and saved many ideas from my co-author team at TWT through the latest blog series, KEEP LEARNING GOING THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER. Just in case you missed a post you can find a recap today. Also, we have a bonus parent letter for you to use with your families and of course a GIVEAWAY announcement!

The Why, The Slide, and Goal Setting: Keep Learning Going Throughout the Summer

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Teachers typically spend the first three-six weeks reviewing previous skills while building routines within their classrooms. What can we do to encourage students to hold on to their learning and practice through the summer? We hope to tackle this question through the week in our blog series.