Author Archive

Making Writing Appropriate, Precise, and Effective

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Melissa Stewart, award-winning author of more than 180 nonfiction books for children, shares her thinking about the revision process in nonfiction writing.

The Top 10 Reasons You Should Try the Classroom SOLSC with Your Students This March

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Erika Victor, a third-grade teacher at an international school in Kuala Lumpur, shares her experiences from the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge with us today.

A Baker’s Dozen

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Lee Ann Spillane, a high school teacher, asserts that sharing stories at a common table is what the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge is all about.

A Third-Grade Teacher and Her Students Dive Into the Classroom SOLSC

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Shelly Surridge and her third-grade students have been slicing for the past few years. In this post, she’ll encourage you to join them online next month.

Tips, Tricks, and Routines for Making Your Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge a Success

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Katy Collins, a sixth-grade teacher, has been slicing with her students for several years. If you’re thinking about participating in the Classroom SOLSC with your students, then you’ll want to read her post.

Celebrating the Unsung Hero of Writing: The Process

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Instead of a typical publishing party, fifth-grade teacher Christina Nosek and her students held a writing process celebration.

Don’t Forget the Compliment

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Lanny Ball reminds us that compliments are a bit like gifts we give our students each day.

Keeping the ‘Mini’ in Mini Lessons for the Middle School Writing Workshop

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Katie Kraushaar, a middle school teacher, has six tips for keeping minilessons mini during writing workshop.

In the Classroom We Are All Learners: Reflecting on a Year of Becoming Word Conscious

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Elizabeth Siracusa, a fourth- and fifth-grade looping teacher, reflects on the ways she infused vocabulary instruction into her classroom this year.

Turkeys and the Teaching of Writing: School Leadership Blog Series

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Our children are not all the same. Nor should their art be, nor their writing.

Integrating Technology into Writing Workshop: School Leadership Blog Series

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Our district’s mission is to give voice and choice to our learners. Teachers frequently incorporate technology into writing workshop, in order to differentiate approaches to writing, to add depth to informational and argumentative writing, and to support conferencing with writers. As an administrator, I have found this to be a huge benefit to both our writing instruction, and to achieving the district mission.

Thoughtful Teaching of Test Writing as a Genre: School Leadership Blog Series

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Test writing is a genre and has a specific audience and our students are better prepared to meet the demands of the genre when we teach into it.

Personal Passion Creates Magic: School Leadership Blog Series

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Leaders must model the same passion for learning that we expect teachers to model for students. Leaders build relationships, they get to know their team, and they encourage passion.

I Wrote This: School Leadership Blog Series

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Finding a way to actively model the things that we want for our teachers, students, families, and community members helps move everything forward…but most of all, it really makes you a better you.

What It’s Really Like to Be a Writing Teacher: School Leadership Blog Series

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Only by being immersed as writing teacher do you truly know what it’s like—which is why, if I were in charge of the world, I’d want every administrator to spend some time as a writing teacher. It is the only way to know how to support the people who are doing it every day. Oh, the things they would learn!

Art Journaling – A Summer Holiday Writing Idea

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Are you worried about how much learning loss in writing will greet you after the summer break? Has your idea bank of ideas to gone dry?

Summer Writing Goals

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This year, they were going to be the first group of 5th graders to break the summer curse.

The Importance of the Notebook

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My hope is that my students leave knowing more about themselves as writers and as people…that they have used the pages of their notebook to find answers to questions. Have you written in your notebook today?

Diving Into Kidblogs

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As the year winds down, I am reflecting on our classroom blogging experience and what I’ve learned.

What Gifted Writers Need

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These young students come to me ready to write. They just need permission.