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 … Continue Reading Celebrating Poetry: Making time for poetry all the school year long.
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 … Continue Reading Notes from the SOLSC my classroom: how to leave “constructive comments”.
“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 … Continue Reading WRITE, SHARE, GIVE: SOL TIME
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 … Continue Reading Some ideas about supporting young writers in the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge
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. … Continue Reading WRITE, SHARE, GIVE: SOL TIME
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 … Continue Reading Keeping a writing blog: taking our writing workshop online
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 … Continue Reading Laying a strong foundation for writing nonfiction through mentor texts
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 … Continue Reading WRITE, SHARE, GIVE: SOL TIME
Tomorrow marks the last of our research days in writing workshop. When we return to school next week, my sixth graders will begin the process of sifting through their research … Continue Reading Giving Students Choice in Note Taking
Dear SOLSC writing community, We, at TWT, have been gearing up for our annual March Slice of Life Story Challenge, for some time now. March is drawing closer with every … Continue Reading Write, Share, Give: SOL Time
When I first began teaching, Nancie Atwell’s In The Middle was my go to PD book for all things to do with reading and writing workshop. I modeled so many … Continue Reading Writing about reading: offering students choice in reading responses
Yesterday, Stacey wrote a thoughtful post about how we lead our students to ownership of their learning habits, and she concluded with these wise words: “Doing something for someone else … Continue Reading Following through with “I do. We do. You do.” in writing workshop.
I love teaching writing and reading workshop, but there’s a special place in my heart for the third subject I teach: social studies. Part of the reason for this is … Continue Reading Making space for writing (lots of it) in Social Studies
One. Little. Word. I have been in search of my one little word for some time now, without much success. The more I thought about it, the more anxious and … Continue Reading TARA’S ONE LITTLE WORD FOR 2014
For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning. ~T.S. Eliot, “Little Gidding” … Continue Reading WRITE, SHARE, GIVE: SOLS TIME
“The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say.” ― Anaïs Nin It is time to write your Slice, share your link, and give some … Continue Reading WRITE, SHARE, GIVE: SOLS TIME