Author Archive

Do the Most Good and the Least Harm During Remote Instruction

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How can we do the most good and the least harm when communicating with caregivers, hosting virtual meetings, and planning remote writing instruction?

How To Share News of School Closures and COVID-19 with Children: A Trauma-Informed Practice

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Use a trauma-informed practice to share COVID-19 related news, such as school closings, with children and caregivers.

A Mini-Series for Families: Writing is for Everyone, Everywhere, All the Time

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Rasha Hamid and Kelsey Sorum present three videos to guide families with writing anywhere, anytime, with anything they have.

Doing vs. Being: A Mindshift for Quarantine and Beyond

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Swamped in a never-ending to-do list during remote teaching and learning? A shift in the mind can make a big difference.

Day 31 of the March SOLSC! #SOL20

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Lots to check out in this post! A video message from #TWTBlog, inspiration from a fellow slicer, and info on prizes.

Day 30 of the March SOLSC! #SOL20

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Whether it’s your 3rd day of writing this month, or 30th, celebrate your slicing milestone and keep writing!

Day 29 of the March SOLSC! #SOL20

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Only three more days to write for the SOLSC. We hope you will join us!

Day 28 of the March SOLSC! #SOL20

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It’s the final stretch! We hope you’ll join us on the 28th day of the SOLSC.

Day 27 of the March SOLSC! #SOL20

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It’s the 27th day of the SOLSC, please join us!

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.