Author Archive

Students and Goal Setting: My Choice, My Growth, My Responsibility

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Asking my students to set their own goals creates one more opportunity for each of them to be in charge of their learning and reflect on their growth as a writer.

Making Connections with Poetry

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I am on a technology roll lately! First Evernote and now Padlet. Check out the start of a new tool to inspire my students.

Making Comparisons: A Little Glimpse at Discovering Similes

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This week I’ve been checking and monitoring my students’ work and making plans. I’ve been delving into some fun lessons from, The Big Book of Details by Roz Linder for inspiration and using… Continue reading

Making Progress…Without Getting Frustrated!

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A little reflection after the first days of school.

Where Do Stories Belong?

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We often say things like, “stories are everywhere,” but do we really show students where stories can live?

Going Digital #BeBrave

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Follow me this year as I try for the fifth time to go digital. Some say, “third time’s the charm.” It wasn’t for me. Maybe the fifth time, with some extra determination, will do the trick!

#NCTEchat Preview: Why Writing Workshop?

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Join us for a discussion centered on why writing workshop WORKS!

Unpacking the Power of Talk: Starting with What Matters Most

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Early on, as a writing teacher, I didn’t realize the power that talk plays in the writing workshop. Over the years, I have learned there are many benefits from intentionally making talk a priority.

Micro-Workshop: Making Time for Conventions and Grammar

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How do you find time to put a focus on the littlest pieces of our writing to create big pieces of work?

SUMMER LEARNING PLANS

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As I looked ahead and began to attempt to set goals for the upcoming school year I realized I needed a plan. What is your summer learning plan?

Expository Leads + Giveaways!

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Challenging students to push past their safe zones of writing has been a challenge all year. We all reaped some great rewards as the year came to a close.

One Little Word Check-In

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Have you checked in on your OLW?

A Poetry Break: If I Were…

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Making space for poetry.

When to Use Mentor Texts: TEACHING WRITING WITH MENTOR TEXTS

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You have the right text now when is the right time?

Exploratory Notebooks

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Beginning to think about Exploratory Notebooks and easing into a research writing unit.

Write. Share. Give.

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It’s Tuesday! Happy Slicing

Write. Share. Give

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What’s happening in your world today? Share your slice!

Got Stuck?

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What option can you give your students when they just get stuck?

Write. Share. Give.

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It’s Tuesday! Come share your slice and try visiting a “new to you” slicer today.

SOL Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

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Welcome back to the year-long Tuesday SOL challenge!