Author Archive

Off You Go, Find a Just-Right Spot! by @kelsey_corter

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Find out how one teacher’s decision to stop assigning seats led to greater independence, higher engagement, and a stronger writing community in a Kindergarten classroom.

My Five Favorite Share Sessions by @MermelsteinLeah

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Share sessions in the writing workshop can be downright frustrating!  Whether it’s the same kids sharing day after day or every kid begging to share every day, many teachers have confided in me that share sessions are often the most neglected part of their writing workshop. 

Engaging High School Students in Writing — A Guest Blog Post by the #BowTieBoys

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Ryan Hur, Tam Mandanis, Kellen Pluntke, Rishi Singh, Christian Sporre, and Dawson Unger are six of the Bow Tie Boys who are a group of high school students from Northern Virginia. Today they take on the topic of student engagement in secondary writing classes.

Who Is Up For A Challenge? A Guest Blog Post By Michelle Haseltine

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How do I manage with thirty to forty students blogging? I blog too. That’s always made it more meaningful for my students.

Tools of the Trade — A Guest Blog Post by Vicki Meigs-Kahlenberg

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We can’t control what happen next in our news feeds or in the lives of our students. By making intentional time in our curriculum for writing, sharing and publishing, we can equip our students with the most powerful tools we have available to develop and strengthen their voices within our classrooms, and create a confidence within to speak their truths out in the world.

Writing Workshop is Anticipated

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 Writing is joyful this year.

Using Writing for Research in the Content Area: It’s Not Just for ELA

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Today’s guest blog post comes from Library Media Specialist, Shannon Betts.

Today is a Great Day to Learn Something New

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So, as I enter the start of my school year, I am proud to identify as a lifelong learner in every sense of the word. I am a professional who continuously strives to grow in my craft. I surround myself with people that inspire me to be the best I can be and I actively seek out opportunities to do so as well. I modify and implement what I learn to better my teaching. I learn from my mistakes, take in the advice of others and adjust accordingly. Additionally, I am a curious minded individual who seeks out new experiences, new people, new places and is willing to take risks to better myself. I am leading by example to my students as I follow the mantra hanging in the front of my classroom- “Today is a great day to learn something new!”

A Closer Look: Learning About Our Writers with Formative Assessment

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Sound assessment plays a vital role in showing and in detailing progress students are making toward reasonable goals.

Best Friend Professional Books

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Today’s guest post is by Kathy Christy, a third grade teacher and professional development coach. She shares her “best friend professional book” of 2017 with us!

If We Build It, They Will Come: Tales From Inside The Sharing Circle

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The most important minutes of your writing workshop require zero hassle and no prep–only precious time. The minimal investment is worth its weight in gold. Welcome to the sharing circle with guest teacher Lori VanHoesen: The bridge builder you didn’t know was doing the hardest work all along.

A Teacher’s Plan to Keep Writing Going in the Summer

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Find your purpose. Find your crew. Find your sunrise. Write.

Passionate Nonfiction Writing Starts with a Question

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Author Melissa Stewart shares her expertise about the role questions play in nonfiction writing.

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.