You’ve made it to Day 24 of the annual Slice of Life Story Challenge! If you’re sharing your students’ slice of life stories, please head over to the Classroom Challenge. Given that my… Continue reading
The Highlights Foundation donated a writing workshop to the winner of last weekend’s Commenting Challenge.
As you know, our community thrives on comments. We share our stories and we connect with our readers. In the spirit of that community, we are offering the second mid-month challenge of the 10th Annual SOLSC. This weekend, we have a life-changing opportunity!
Information writing is a great opportunity for teaching students about fluency and transitional phrases.
Over the years, my chartbook has evolved. Here are some of the latest pages.
Once we teach students about goals and the importance of them in our lives, we can use the accompanying language in all aspects of their, and our own, learning.
This week, my TWT colleagues and I are writing about the importance of authentic purpose to writers. We all agree that our students will benefit from having strong voices, clear messages, and wide… Continue reading
Already, NCTE seems like a long time ago. However, as I reread my notes and think about some of the lasting learning, I have more to share! Vocabulary Matters was a great session!
My one little word was not difficult to choose this year. The challenge will be about honoring it throughout 2017!
Deb shared fabulous ideas about developing authentic audiences in a post she wrote for the blog series on What Matters Most.
Kelly Boswell reminded me of a three step process for using mentor texts with students.
Feel free to add on or share some ideas of how caregivers can support children’s writerly lives.
Last week, I attended the Connecticut Reading Association’s convention, and I was lucky enough to hear and see some of my literacy heroes. Jennifer Serravallo presented about writing instruction, and her presentation made… Continue reading
Assessment serves several purposes, and when used intentionally, can drive instruction in meaningful ways for our learners.
Whenever I pull a small group for a lesson, there are some important guidelines I try to remember and follow.
Contests and publication opportunities for young writers have potential to motivate and inspire.
Claudia Mills’ newest book Write This down was released on September 27th. In a recent essay, she shares some of her processes and revision decisions as she worked through drafts to published copy.