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Sitting Side By Side With Standards

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There is power in knowing and understanding standards because within them, we can extract teaching points, learning targets, and even success criteria. In this post, we’ll thing about how we can use the standards so set up anchor charts, as well as learning progressions in order to establish clarity and navigable pathways for writers.

A Book That Will Inspire Better Talk and Listening– and a Giveaway

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Every now and then, a professional book comes along that has the potential to really change how I teach. You have a chance to win a copy of Unlocking the Power of Classroom Talk by Shana Frazin and Katy Wischow, and I know you will love this book!

Intentional Practice In Our Writing Classrooms

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Intentional practice leads to better performance. Writing instruction follows a similar pattern, and by about six weeks into the year, teachers know their students. Just like soccer coaches, teachers can start to develop some responsive instruction, both from the figurative sidelines, as well as through direct instruction.

Three Ways To Increase Instructional Clarity

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Teaching is an art, and sometimes tweaks don’t work as we hope or envision. However, I hope that these three ideas do increase the clarity of instruction in ways that help all students learn to be independent confident writers.

It’s Tuesday! Welcome to the Slice of Life Story Challenge!

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Write your post. Share it with the community. Comment on at least three other posts.

It’s Tuesday! Welcome to the Slice of Life Story Challenge

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Write your post. Share it with the community. Comment on at least three other posts.

The Importance of Repertoire for Teachers

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We can change up how we are teaching depending on the situation and circumstances, but in order to do that, we have to know some choices and moves we can make. Knowing this, there are a few quick ways we can think about repertoire within our whole group instruction.

Pausing to Remember 9/11

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While every day is an opportunity to practice kindness, put our arms around the people we love, and cherish all that is good in our lives, perhaps today is an especially good day to remember the importance of doing those things.

It’s Tuesday! Welcome to the Slice of Life Story Challenge!

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Write your post. Share it with the community. Comment on at least three other posts.

It’s Tuesday! Join us for the Slice of Life Story Challenge!

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Welcome to the Slice of Life Story Challenge. Write your post. Share it with the community. Comment on at least three other posts. This month, I have collected some quotes from Toni Morrison… Continue reading

How do your students learn?

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The more that we understand the distinctive characteristics of the intelligences, the better we can recognize ways to differentiate for learners, honoring the spectrum of learning styles that exist in not only our classrooms, but also our world.

The Importance of Repertoire: Nurturing Independence From the Start

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The truth in writing — and in many aspects of life — is that there isn’t really one way to do anything. The strongest writers understand their options and are flexible and intentional with their choices. That’s repertoire!

Nurturing Independence From the Start

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This week, the authors at Two Writing Teachers share ideas for building independence in your writing workshops. Here’s a preview of what our series includes.

It’s Tuesday! Welcome to the Slice of Life Story Challenge!

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Welcome to the Slice of Life community! We’re happy you’re here!

It’s Tuesday! Join us for the Slice of Life Story Challenge

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Welcome to the Slice of Life Story Challenge Community. Please leave your permalink in the comments section, and visit at least three other slicers to leave a comment for them! For those of… Continue reading

It’s Tuesday! Join Us for the Slice of Life Story Challenge

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Join us for the weekly Slice of Life Story Challenge!

It’s Tuesday! Join us for our weekly Slice of Life Story Challenge

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It’s Tuesday! Welcome to the Slice of Life Story Challenge!

Empowering Writers

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As we approach the end of the year, it could be a great time to challenge students to think about who they are as learners, what helps them hold on to new concepts, and how they do their best work. That being said, this knowledge could empower students at any point in the year.

Bringing Humor Into Writing Workshops

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Laughter adds so much to our lives. Research the benefits and you find all sorts of them– engagement, higher levels of learning, greater sense of community, even health benefits… Just for those alone, it’s worth thinking about ways we can infuse humor and laughter into our instruction and the experiences we share with students.

ICYMI: Strengthening Professional Learning

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Here’s a round up of our May 2019 blog series about professional learning.