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8 Great Ways to Meet Writers Where They Are

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Throughout the conference, I watched, listened, and played with digital tools and all along I thought about our students and how digital tools have the capability to make all students feel successful.  I was in awe of the opportunities digital devices bring to our classrooms.

Environments for Kids & With Kids: Beyond the Fundamentals of Writing Workshop

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As I thought about writing this post, I considered my day and what needed to get done.  I mulled over when I would go to the store, how many loads of laundry I… Continue reading

The Post-it Note App and Writing Workshop

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When you hear blended learning in writing workshop do you immediately envision a classroom of writers looking at a screen? 

Rolling Out the Welcome Wagon!

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  The community of educators, who gather here at Two Writing Teachers every March, is like no other. We are in need your generous, open-hearted, and passionate hearts to help us welcome our newest… Continue reading

Slice of Life Tuesday #SOL18

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Welcome to Tuesday’s Slice of Life, #SOL18!

Let your voices be heard, share your stories and be heard by all. ATTENTION SLICERS WHO USE BLOGGER, please scroll to the bottom for more support!

Rolling Out the Welcome Wagon!

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Will you be willing to roll out the Welcome Wagon for our new Slicers this March?

Deb’s One Little Word for 2018

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“Each scene has its own music, and the music is created for the scene. Woven into it in ways we do not understand no matter how we may love the melody of a bygone day or imagine the song of a future one; we must dance to the music of today.  If not we will be stumbling around in something that doesn’t fit the moment.”

Using Digital Tools to Meet the Needs of Developing Writers

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When writing with digital tools, students have the opportunity to design and share writing in a variety of ways that not only add a new aesthetic to writing but more importantly they offer teachers the ability to skillfully and intentionally scaffold writing development.

From Markers to Emojis in Digital Writing: It’s All About the Purpose and Voice

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My head was spinning and the next thing I knew I was wondering how the allure of emojis and marking up could lift student voice and motivation in writing

Teaching  Digital Tools in Writing Workshop: Plan, Purpose, EXPLORE

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Digital tools add opportunities to our writing, opportunities that can motivate and inspire writers. The reach of digital tools allows writers to receive and give feedback, share beyond their classroom, publish to an authentic audience, and build a writing community.  So how do we make sure our writers are ready?

STUDENT AGENCY: SOLVING PREDICTABLE PROBLEMS BLOG SERIES

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I stepped back and put my kids in front of their learning about six years ago.  It has changed how I teach and deepened my respect for students and who they are as individuals.

IT’S TUESDAY! PLEASE JOIN US WITH A SLICE OF LIFE!

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WRITE. SHARE. GIVE WRITE a slice of life story on your blog. SHARE a link to your post in the comments section. GIVE comments to at least three other SOL bloggers. HaPpY HallOwEEn!      … Continue reading

Teaching Digital Tools in Writing Workshop: Plan, Purpose, Model

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By blending the choice of digital tools into our lessons, we are showing students how they can purposefully use devices and keep the thinking where it belongs, on the writing, not the tool.

SOL Tuesday

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WRITE a slice of life story on your blog. SHARE a link to your post in the comments section. GIVE comments to at least three other SOLS bloggers.   If you are a… Continue reading

SOL Tuesday

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WRITE a slice of life story on your blog. SHARE a link to your post in the comments section. GIVE comments to at least three other SOLS bloggers.   If you are a… Continue reading

It’s Not All About Blog: The Work Before The Blog

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Take the first step together; write, read, and comment on blogs as a class.  These first steps will help your students learn the feel and expectations of a blogging community.

IT’S TUESDAY! PLEASE JOIN US WITH A SLICE OF LIFE!

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WRITE. SHARE. GIVE. We hope you’ll join us all as we tell our stories. Write your post and please share the permalink to your own blog post with the community. Comment on at least three other posts. If… Continue reading

IT’S TUESDAY! PLEASE JOIN US WITH A SLICE OF LIFE!

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WRITE. SHARE. GIVE If you are a slicer who is attending NCTE in St. Louis and you’re interested in joining Stacey and Deb for dinner on 11/18 at 7 pm, please email Stacey at stacey[at]staceyshubitz[dot]com.… Continue reading

Blending Instruction: The One Stop Meeting Space

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With the easel at my left (I am right handed), document camera, computer or iPad on my right, and a swivel chair all my tools are at my fingertips! There’s no need to move across the room to see the screen or make an adjustment to my technology.  The students and I have access to everything in one space.   This one-stop meeting space allows the students to maintain focus on the learning and not the tools. 

Past the Flash of Technology

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Technology gives us all choices and decisions to make. Big decisions. How can we welcome technology in our classrooms? Technology can be a new way of doing the same thing. Will we seek apps that allow our students to make choices in creating and sharing with others, or will we seek apps that do the same old thing in a different way?