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Write, Share, Give: It’s SOL time

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    WRITE a slice of life story on your own blog. SHARE a link to your post in the comments section. GIVE comments to at least three other SOLSC bloggers. Summer is… Continue reading

Role reversal: Writing Workshop with Linda Rief at the Boothbay Literacy Retreat

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As a writing teacher, I know that I must write – and I do: blog posts, book reviews, a Slice of Life every Tuesday, letters to my students in the reading journals and… Continue reading

A Year of “Slice of Life” in the classroom.

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It’s finally summer in most school districts, and every teacher I know seems to have closed the classroom door to daily school life…and opened another to summer relaxation, reading, and PD (I am… Continue reading

TWT post: Google docs + writing workshop = happy writing teacher (and happy writing students)

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When I was asked to pilot Google docs in the last month of our school year, I was enthusiastic… but also a bit blasé. It seemed like a wonderful “new thing”, and although… Continue reading

Book Review: Linda Rief – Read Write Teach

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“I must be what I teach: writer, reader,speaker, listener.” – Linda Rief Teaching our kids to read and write with commitment and passion is an ever evolving labor of love.  There are so… Continue reading

Curating a year of writing: assembling writing portfolios and time for reflection

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With two weeks left in our school year, it is at last time to begin putting together our writing portfolios, setting aside some time to time travel through our year of writing workshop,… Continue reading

Technology in Writing Workshop: When Students Take The Lead

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We are neck deep in drafting various pieces for our multi genre writing project these days, and I am noticing (and celebrating) two ways in which our workshop has changed, both of which… Continue reading

ICYMI: The TWT Independent Writing Blog Series

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In case you missed it…all of last week we’ve been running a blog series devoted to fostering independent writing across grade levels, across the school year, and even during the summer!  Here’s what… Continue reading

Independent Writng: Multi-genre writing projects to celebrate a year of writing workshop

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    The last quarter of the school year brings gifts all its own – it’s a time to celebrate all the investment that has been made during the first three quarters: our… Continue reading

In my writing workshop: it’s finally time for photographs and digital stories.

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At last August’s Summer Institute, Cornelius Minor, teacher extraordinaire and staff developer at TC’s Writing and Reading Project, gave an unforgettable presentation on technology in the classroom which I wrote about on my… Continue reading

Revisiting the Writer’s Notebook with “Revision Centers”

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The last quarter of the school year signals a time of mixed feelings – the year is almost over,  and even though we look forward to restful summer days, there is the sadness… Continue reading

Creating mini-units of study in writing workshop: writing to bear witness.

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In my sixth grade class, we cycle through a set of genres every Writing Workshop year: personal narrative, memoir, feature article, poetry, profiles, and persuasive letters and research based essays.  Taken together, these… Continue reading

Celebrating Poetry: Making time for poetry all the school year long.

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National Poetry month often brings units of poetry study into our classrooms – there are wonderful resources for so many creative poetry endeavors to be found, and both teachers and students seemed primed… Continue reading

Notes from the SOLSC my classroom: how to leave “constructive comments”.

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Writing a Slice of Life every day is  challenging for us, and challenging for our students.  And, just as we (may) struggle with getting to everyone and leaving a meaningful comment, so it… Continue reading

WRITE, SHARE, GIVE: SOL TIME

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“I write only because There is a voice within me That will not be still” ― Sylvia Plath, Letters Home Welcome, Tuesday slicers.   It is the last Tuesday in February…four days from the start… Continue reading

Some ideas about supporting young writers in the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge

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On Monday, I wrote a post about our classroom writing blog and the way this type of “digital writing notebook” enhances our work in writing workshop and helps us gear up for the… Continue reading

WRITE, SHARE, GIVE: SOL TIME

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Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer. – Barbara Kingsolver… Continue reading

Keeping a writing blog: taking our writing workshop online

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With the  Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge  just around the corner, perhaps some of you are thinking more than ever about starting a class blog just for writing.    Over the past few… Continue reading

Laying a strong foundation for writing nonfiction through mentor texts

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We are moving from our researching phase  into our first draft phase in writing workshop – and my sixth graders are beginning to experience the inevitable struggle of transforming their notes  into interesting,… Continue reading

WRITE, SHARE, GIVE: SOL TIME

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With our  Slice of Life  Story Challenges just around the corner,  there is still time to encourage friends and colleagues to create their blogs and get ready to join us as we “write, share,… Continue reading