Author Archive

Hands-on Tools for Purposeful Practice with Punctuation

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Whether your writers are forgetting to use, incorrectly using, or using punctuation without much variety, these tips and tools can bring engagement and intention to conventions.

Opinion Writing: Expand the Possibilities of Genres You Teach

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When planning any genre study, we can ponder:  How can the experience children have with this genre become more like the experience they can have with it in the world? In doing so,… Continue reading

Join the Welcome Wagon! Second Call for Volunteers

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We are still looking for Welcome Wagon volunteers to provide new slicers with a daily audience. Please consider joining us!

Kindergarten Forest School: Integrating Writing with Nature and Play

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Whether you’re looking to begin a Forest School routine, connect children to nature, or integrate writing with play, this post outlines ways to begin.

One Little Word Roundup, 2020

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We’re pleased to share our OLW choices for 2020 and invite you to do the same!

Why We Should Help Children Lean On Writing in Hard Times

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Seven reasons why we should help children lean on writing in hard times (with examples from a first grade classroom).

Everyone Gets What They Need: Reaching Your Writers

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How a story about babies and bandages helped kids and families differentiate between equity and equality….and what it looks like for everyone go get what they need during writing workshop.

The Snap Word Train

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Over the years, kindergarteners have shown me that the kinds of environmental tools that they will actually use are: ones which are at their level, ones which they have meaningful memories (or ownership)… Continue reading

From Skin Study to Writing Workshop

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After finishing each swirl of her curly hair, Camila circled her paintbrush around and around, forming eyes. For many children, the self-portrait stops here, at the outline.  I kneeled next to the young… Continue reading

A Parade of Writers

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It’s time to celebrate the progress writers have made!

The Scribble: Worth a Closer Look

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It’s the beginning of kindergarten, and that means there are lots of scribbles in books. An inquiry mindset can help us decide how to best support writers.

On Becoming an Anti-Racist Teacher of Young Writers

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A move to a school in my Brooklyn neighborhood has me questioning my role as a white teacher of young, Black writers — and what my former role was as a white teacher of white students.

When Writers Choose the Genre: Nurturing Independence from the Start

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We don’t just want writers to be independent writers in our classrooms, we want them to be independent writers in the world! To do that, we need to offer frequent opportunities for them to begin with ideas, then choose genre — instead of the other way around.

It’s SOL Tuesday!

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We’re happy you are joining the Slice of Life community today! 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… Continue reading

It’s SOL Tuesday!

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We’re happy you are joining the Slice of Life community today! 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… Continue reading

It’s SOL Tuesday!

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We hope you’ll join the Slice of Life community of writers today! 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… Continue reading

It’s SOL Tuesday!

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I hope summer brings you freedom to write somewhere special today. 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… Continue reading

It’s SOL Tuesday!

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We’re happy you are joining the Slice of Life community today! 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… Continue reading

The Most Beloved Books in our Library: A Birthday Tradition

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The most-read books of the year were ones authored by my students on their birthdays. Today, I share how my school made a change to a more beliefs-centered way of celebrating.

Let Them Color, Because…

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How often do your students get to color?
How often do your students get to illustrate their books in color?
Do your students color with meaning and purpose?

This post shares research and tips for making writing workshop more colorful (in any grade!).