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Taking Stock: Moving Forward

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As teachers, how might we reflect on our own practice in a way that could make a difference for our students next year? Here are a few lenses for setting some goals…

Nurturing a Sense of Optimism Through Vertical Visits

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Although this time of year predictably proves to be extremely busy, creatively scheduling a little bit of time to visit at least some of your next-year’s writers can pay valuable dividends.

Reimagine Notebook Entries Using a Mentor Text

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Using a mentor text can be a little like taking a course from a published writer- we can allow him or her to teach us how to be stronger writers. This can certainly happen with our drafts… but we can also do this work in our notebooks. Oftentimes, doing so can free young writers up to do larger-scale revision. Here’s one way I tried that…

Leading a Professional Book Club: Strengthening Professional Learning

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If the desire to strengthen your professional learning burns strong inside you (and perhaps in some of your colleagues, as well), consider organizing and facilitating a book club! In this post, I offer a simple-to-follow road map on how to make this fun and beneficial experience a reality for you and some of your colleagues.

SOL Tuesday

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It’s Tuesday! Come write, share, give…

SOL Tuesday

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Let’s get together, Slicers! Come write, share, give…

Trust the Kids

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Finding ways to trust kids, it might be said, creates more space for learning. In this post, I offer a few ways trust can be manifested in a writing workshop…

SOL Tuesday

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It’s April! Back to our regularly scheduled Slice of Life Tuesday. With only a one day break, let’s get back together, Slicers! Come write, share, give…

SOL Tuesday

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It’s April! Back to our regularly scheduled Slice of Life Tuesday. With only a one day break, let’s get back together, Slicers! Come write, share, give…

Revising for Meaning

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At the heart of all great writing is meaning.  Writers select details carefully and deliberately, depending on the message we wish to convey to readers. How can we let meaning guide revision? Read here about a few ways…

SOL Tuesday

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It’s April! Back to our regularly scheduled Slice of Life Tuesday. With only a one day break, let’s get back together, Slicers! Come write, share, give…

SOLSC Participant Pledge 2019

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Congratulations to all for an amazing March Slice of Life Story Challenge! If you faithfully met the criteria for the challenge by slicing and commenting each day in March, we invite you to complete our form to become eligible for a prize!

DAY 31 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL19

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Welcome to the final day of the Slice of Life Story Challenge. This is it! Day 31! Write! Share! Give!

DAY 30 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL19

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Welcome to day 30 of the Slice of Life Story Challenge. So close to the end!

DAY 29 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL19

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Welcome to day 29 of the Slice of Life Story Challenge. Write. Share. Give.

DAY 28 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL19

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Getting close to the end now, Slicers! Welcome to Day 28.

DAY 27 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL19

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Twenty-seven days into a daily writing habit. Congratulations!

Acknowledging Writers to Disturb the Universe

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In writing workshop, we operate on multiple levels– we try to plan and deliver effective minilessons, we try to confer with our writers (and take some notes?), we create anchor charts, and so forth.  But what about validating the voices of our student writers? Here are a few tips for disturbing the universe…

ANNOUNCING THE WINNER OF THE 1st 2019 SOLSC MID-MONTH COMMENTING CHALLENGE

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Congratulations to the winner of this weekend’s Mid-month Commenting Challenge!

The First Commenting Challenge of the SOLSC is here!

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Are you ready for a challenge? It’s our first mid-month challenge of the 2019 SOLSC! Get ready to roll out some extra comments…