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Fine Motor and Beyond: How To Support Underlying Skills for Writing

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What makes the physical and visual process of writing challenging?
Read to find out how an occupational therapist collaborated with a classroom teacher to increase participation of all students during writing workshop.

Writing in Choice Time: Not Just a Center

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Writing is not limited to a center choice during play. It is a part of all centers! Read this post to find out how to invite different kinds of writing at the most engaging time of day.

When Teachers Learn Like They Teach: Strengthening Professional Learning

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This post offers a glimpse into the professional development structures of a progressive New York City public school, where common threads of learning are inquiry, collaboration, and choice.

The Big Book of Poems

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Big, blank spaces means big possibilities for a poetry unit!

Welcome to Writing Workshop: A Review and Giveaway

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Do you have a copy of Welcome to Writing Workshop yet? This is a resource that every educator who works with writers needs. Today, I’m excited to share an inside look at this new resource!

DAY 26 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOLSC19

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It’s a great day to connect with new slicers as you scroll through the comments or revisit our padlet!

DAY 25 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOLSC19

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Final stretch, slicers! Find some peace in writing and reading on this Monday.

DAY 24 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOLSC19

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As is true of exercise, the days that we resist writing are the days we need it most! The final stretch is here!

DAY 23 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOLSC19

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Start your weekend with a slice!

DAY 22 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOLSC19

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TGIF and Day 22 of SOLSC!

Finding Purpose: The Key to Making High Frequency Words Stick

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By paying close attention to the words kids are writing most in each genre, we can shift the motive of teaching and learning high frequency words from “have to” to “want to.”

Growing a Classroom Environment Where Writers are Seen and Inspired

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A place to make meaning of ourselves and the world around us, writing is a powerful tool for self-discovery. However, when idea-collection tools and drafts are stored in folders, we miss a valuable opportunity to make the diverse lives and experiences of our communities visible. Instead, we can rely on classroom as a tool for making children, their identities, and experiences seen.

A School Can Be The Change: Teaching Writing with a Social Justice Lens

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Pictures tell the story of a NYC public school that integrates social comprehension with literacy. At P.S. 59, identity, student voice, and activism are a part of school culture, and I’m honored to share it!

The Welcome Wagon Needs You! Second Call for Volunteers

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Camila, a kindergartner, returned to her fictional book about a dinosaur and butterfly day after day, adding a bit more detail to each picture, stretching through more sounds in each word. The kind… Continue reading

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.