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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.

How to Support New Teachers on Your Team: Strengthening Professional Learning

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Although the numbers and reasons vary depending on the year and on the study, there’s no doubt that first-year teachers face challenges, and sometimes don’t make it past the first few years of their careers. One of the ways we can increase the likelihood of positive experiences and retention rates is by knowing how to support them.

Continuing Along the Narrative Pathway: Part 2

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Almost every student could use these charts to identify what they were working on, how they were working on it, and whether or not they needed instruction of some sort of help. 

Clearing pathways for narrative writing: Part 1

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Once students can say their beginning, middle, and end, know what their story is really about, and can identify their important parts, they almost always can make a solid plan and feel comfortable beginning to draft.  But sometimes it’s hard to get them to this point in the process.

Congratulations to the Winner!

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Thanks again to the Highlights Foundation for offering this amazing prize to the winner of our second Commenting Challenge.

Our Second Mid-Month Commenting Challenge

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This weekend, we have a life-changing opportunity as we offer the second mid-month challenge of the 12th Annual SOLSC.

Day 16 of the March SOLSC! #SOL19

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Welcome to Day 16 of the March SOLSC. Today, you are more than halfway through the month of writing every day.

Day 15 of the March SOLSC! #SOL19

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Writing doesn’t happen when we dream. It happens when we pay attention, set intentions, and create space to capture our thoughts. Welcome to Day 15!

Day 14 of the March SOLSC! #SOL19

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Welcome to Day #14 of the SOLSC!
Let’s just keep up our courage to press on to the goal of slicing every day!

Day 13 of the March SOLSC! #SOL19

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Welcome to Day 13 of the March SOLSC! We are so glad you are part of the slicing community.

Day 12 of the March SOLSC #SOL19

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Welcome to the 12th day of the 12th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge! Write. Share. Give. BE INSPIRED Beth Moore, one of the TWT co-authors, wrote a brilliant post yesterday, and it reminded… Continue reading

Creating Clarity for Writers

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Having and stating goals takes courage, but this practice also leads to higher levels of learning and achievement.

Talking to Caregivers about Conventions and Spelling

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More than other skills, most caregivers tend to worry about spelling and conventions when it comes to their child’s writing. I get it. Those skills are right there at the tip of the writing iceberg. Those skills are concrete and obvious. Those skills are the ones that they recognize and know how to fix when they sit with their child. So how do we talk to caregivers about spelling and punctuation? Here are three ideas that you may find helpful. 

SOLSC 2019 Prize Reveal

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And so — TA-DA — here is the list of prizes for the 12th Annual SOLSC, all donated by generous publishers and individuals.

Thinking About Implicit Bias: Teaching Writing With a Social Justice Lens

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As we think about our implicit biases, maybe the most important thing is that we increase our awareness and act from a place of humility and reflection– with a willingness to take a look at parts of our belief systems and behaviors that are uncomfortable, at best. When we know better, we do better. And isn’t that the goal?