Author Archive

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.

Third Grade Writing Units of Study – A First Look

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Our guest blogger takes a look at the 3rd grade Units Of Study

Blogging Adventures

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What challenges do your student bloggers face? How are you supporting their growth as blog writers?

Setting the Stage for Summer: Write from the Start!

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So I stepped back and let the writers get to work. The chatter was about organizing notebooks, planning where they like to write and sharing writing over the summer.

“Write Beside Them,” said Penny Kittle. And so I did…

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After reading Write Beside Them, Tara Smith realized she had to connect her teacher and writer identities. No longer would it be enough to share mentor texts and confer. She realized she needed to share her writing life with her students and walk them through her thinking as she wrote.

Slow and Steady

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Nicole Frederickson, a middle school teacher, doesn’t believe in diagnostic writing assessments at the beginning of the school year. Find out why she builds a community of writers before she assesses her students.

Inspiring Independent Writing in a Jam-Packed Curriculum

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Kristen Robbins Warren honors her middle school students’ independent writing lives by incorporating three literary rhythms (Monday Morning’s Muse, Wednesday’s Writing Window, and Friday Favorites) into the school week.

Letting Go As Student Interests Take the Wheel

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Kindergarten teacher Valerie Geshwind helps her students find their passions and their voice by honoring their interests, engaging them in a play-like writing workshop, & by supporting them as individuals.

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR: PUBLISHING PARTIES

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Beth Moore offers a collection of ten publishing party ideas you can use to celebrate your students’ writing.