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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!).

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.”