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From Dependent to Independent: Four Ways To Begin Tomorrow


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


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


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


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!


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!


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


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


“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.”

How to Reinvigorate Writing Workshop With Joy Through Independent Writing Projects


Don’t let kids (or teachers) lose momentum for writing as summer approaches! There is no better time than now to implement independent writing projects, as we help kids prepare to lead writerly lives long after the school year ends.

A Breakthrough In Poetry: How To Bring Playfulness to Every Genre


Kids are inundated by rules. If the gift of writing is freedom of expression, are we imposing too many “rules” on writers? What if the rules of every genre, like poetry, were limited to just two or three?