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Personalizing charts to foster intention and independence

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More and more, another way we’ve been making sure that charts become part of our writers’ toolbelts is to create individual ones that are either the same as the ones on the wall or close enough that they don’t require instruction for students to access.

A few ideas for conferring

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Potentially, one of the most impactful opportunities we have for making a lasting difference on our students as writers is when we pull up next to them and confer with them. It’s SO worth spending some time reflecting, setting goals, and developing tools and strategies for the conferring work we do as teachers. 

Slice of Life Tuesday

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Tuesdays are Slice of Life days. Welcome to our community or writers, readers, and commenters.

Slice of Life Tuesday

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Tuesdays are Slice of Life days! Everyone is welcome in this community.   Welcome to the Slice of Life Community! WRITE a slice of life story on your own blog. SHARE a link to your… Continue reading

Slice of Life Tuesday

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Tuesdays are Slice of Life days! Everyone is welcome in this community. “If we are asking students to take risks, we have to model risk-taking.”         Meredith Sinclair at the first… Continue reading

Slice of Life Tuesday

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Tuesdays are Slice of Life days! Everyone is welcome in this community. Sometimes we find inspiration in the strangest places. Last week, I opened a Dove chocolate–the kind that has a message inside… Continue reading

In Case You Missed It: Looking Back and Moving Forward

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Thank you for joining us for our blog series Looking Back and Moving Forward. I think we all agree on the importance of reflection in the lives of writers. In case you missed any of our posts over the past week, here’s a quick summary.

Thinking about Process versus Product: Looking Back and Moving Forward

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As we approach the end of the year, it’s a great time to think about and ask children to think about the growth they’ve made since the first day of school. In the rush, it’s easy to forget about the importance of slowing down and taking the time to reflect, and yet, reflection is a cornerstone of learning.

Slice of Life Tuesday

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Tuesdays are Slice of Life days! Everyone is welcome in this community. WRITE a slice of life story on your own blog. SHARE a link to your post in the comments section. GIVE comments to at… Continue reading

How Many Stars? Tools for self-assessment and goal-setting

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The more we show learners what the work looks like at different levels and the reasons for that level, the better they are able to self-assess, set goals, and improve.

Day 31 of the March SOLSC #SOL18

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We are all better teachers, better writers, better noticers, better people when we are finding moments to reflect on and share each day. Thank you to all of you!

Day 30 of the March SOLSC #SOL18

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Tomorrow is the last day of March and the last day of the 2018 SOLSC. We all know that, and it still seems important to say!

Day 29 of the March SOLSC #SOL18

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It’s Day 29. Pause and celebrate. If you’re still with us now, you’ll be here in two days! Share your post, read some of the other posts–maybe even someone you haven’t yet read–and leave some comments. 

Day 28 of the March SOLSC #SOL18

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Welcome to the twenty-eighth day of the 11th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge!  Finish strong in this slicing challenge. You have all sorts of community members to gather inspiration from. Slice, read, comment.

Day 27 of the March SOLSC #sol18

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Welcome to the twenty-seventh day of the 11th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge!   ANNOUNCEMENTS It’s the home stretch. Feel proud of the month of writing you’ve done. Keep writing. Keep reading. Keep… Continue reading

Do not write on that paper!

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We want struggling writers to believe that what they think is important and what they say is important, so important that we want to capture it in a more permanent form. We want them to believe that the process of writing, at whatever stage they are in, is within their grasp.

Day 26 of the March SOLSC #sol18

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Finish strong. It’s Day 26. Write, read, and encourage others with comments. By this time, you know the comments that matter to you as a writer. Create those for others!

Day 25 of the March SOLSC #sol18

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Welcome to the twenty-fifth day of the 11th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge!   ANNOUNCEMENTS Is it crazy to think that we’re in the last week of the eleventh year? Finish strong in… Continue reading

Day 24 of the March SOLSC #SOL18

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Welcome to the twenty-fourth day of the 11th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge!   ANNOUNCEMENTS One week from today and we’ll be writing our final post. You’ve made it this far. Congratulations. We’re… Continue reading

A Challenge for First-Time Slicers

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The weekend, we have a special challenge for first-year slicers, and we are grateful to Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan for their generous donation!