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Supporting Emergent Writers With Spacing

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For young children, one of the most challenging parts of writing a sentence is including spaces between words. I’ve collected a variety of strategies and tools to support writers with this feat.

Getting Started With Beginning Writers, A Review and Giveaway

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In A Teacher’s Guide to Getting Started With Beginning Writers, Katie Wood Ray and Lisa Cleaveland help us think with our beliefs — in the decisions we make, in the questions we ask, in our actions, in the language we use, and in how we see children. In everything we do, we send a message, and that message should align with our beliefs.

Words Don’t Make a Writer: Supporting Emergent Writers Who Are Not Yet Writing Words

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Are we putting additional stress and pressure on kids to write words? With purpose and joy, kids can go from compliance to engagement and become the kinds of writers who add words as powerful information to their books.

The Idea Book: A Tool To Help Kids Live Like Writers

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It’s never too early to instill writerly habits. A class idea book will inspire kids to collect seeds for writing everywhere they go (and much, much more!).

SOL Tuesday

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Our systems face significant shock from August to September. After long days, little sleep, and almost no time to recharge, I told myself, “It’s only temporary. I’ll find balance in October.”  Well, October… Continue reading

How To Send Student Writing Home With Intent

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The way we send student writing home sends big messages to families and writers.

SOL Tuesday

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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 SOL bloggers.

SOL Tuesday

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I’ve been having a fear, lately, of forgetting. Forgetting words from kids, from colleagues, from friends that moved me. Forgetting big moments of growth, change, empathy. Forgetting artifacts of learning. I fear I… Continue reading

Six Ways To Make Charts More Student-Centered

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From the planning process to the creation, read to find out six ways to make kids the center of your charts–the center of learning.

SOL Tuesday

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Beginning the day more thoughtfully and mindfully leads to more thoughtful and mindful decisions as the day unfolds. Begin today with writing!

SOL Tuesday

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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 SOL bloggers.

From the Classroom to the World: How a Young Writer is Making Her Voice Heard

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Find out how Amelia Poor, age 12, learned “at a really young age how powerful writing can be.”

Amelia’s journey will surely inspire you and your young writers!

From Dependent to Independent: Four Ways To Begin Tomorrow

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We’re not just teaching writers to be independent, we’re teaching them how to be independent.

Here are four ways to nurture independence during today’s writing workshop!

Writers, Not Just For Workshop

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When it comes to identity and living a writerly life, our work does not begin or end at writing workshop. In this post, I highlight three practical steps for nurturing writers beyond writing workshop.

A Soft Start To Writing Workshop

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When thinking about the year ahead, you may be considering soft starts to the day. In this post, I share the why’s and how’s for having soft start to writing workshop.

This is the Year I’m Going to Make Writing Toolkits

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Toolkits seem to be the thing that teachers want, yet keep putting off…but…

This will be the year! Grab a colleague or be my virtual buddy and follow along with a video tutorial to finally make the toolkit of your organizational dreams.

We’re Back, Full of Dreams!

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The Two Writing Teachers team is excited to be back from our July vacation. With us, we’re bringing big dreams for the upcoming school year, as well as exciting news to share about what’s in store for August.

Let’s Pretend!

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We encourage fantasy play at choice time and outdoor play. We teach readers to pretend to be characters as they read. When role-playing is a natural and essential part of childhood, why wouldn’t we encourage our young writers to make-believe?

Six REAL Purposes For Kids to Write This Summer and Beyond

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We do all we can to keep kids writing over summer. But are we assigning tasks and busywork, or actually enriching their writerly lives?

I’ve created a tool to share with families and students of all ages to inspire writing for REAL purposes this summer and beyond.

One Voice, Many Languages

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“Suddenly, the most beautiful words filled the air. Eva was rehearsing her writing aloud,  in Spanish. I quickly reached for my phone and recorded her, so she’d remember her plans. But Eva didn’t need that. The words came right back, this time, on paper.”