Author Archive

Vocabulary Ideas From NCTE

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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!

Melanie’s OLW for 2017

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My one little word was not difficult to choose this year. The challenge will be about honoring it throughout 2017!

Active Authentic Audiences: PART OF #TWTBLOG’S THROWBACK WEEK

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Deb shared fabulous ideas about developing authentic audiences in a post she wrote for the blog series on What Matters Most.

Using Mentor Texts With Students

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Kelly Boswell reminded me of a three step process for using mentor texts with students.

Ways for Caregivers To Support Children’s Writing Lives

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Feel free to add on or share some ideas of how caregivers can support children’s writerly lives.

Thinking about Writing Strategies-Inspired by Jennifer Serravallo

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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

What Constitutes an Assessment? Assessment Strengthens Writers

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Assessment serves several purposes, and when used intentionally, can drive instruction in meaningful ways for our learners.

NEW BLOG SERIES: Assessment Strengthens Writers

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  Over the next seven days, my friends and I here at Two Writing Teachers will share important concepts around assessment in writing workshops. We have all given a lot of thought to our best… Continue reading

Reminders About Small Group Instruction

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Whenever I pull a small group for a lesson, there are some important guidelines I try to remember and follow.

Authentic Audiences for Students

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Contests and publication opportunities for young writers have potential to motivate and inspire.

Tools to have on hand for Small Group Instruction

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In a recent post about small group instruction, I wrote about ways to group students who need instruction on a similar strategy. Sometimes, we form small groups ahead of time through careful planning. However,… Continue reading

Insights from an Author and a Giveaway

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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.

Ideas for planning Small Group Instruction

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Small group instruction is a powerful way to reach and teach more students in your classroom!

Setting Up Writing Partnerships

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Like so many routines and procedures, the investment of time to establish successful, productive, independent partnerships is incredibly worthwhile!

Getting to Know Writers

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You can learn a lot about students when you give them a chance to tell you want they know!

Straight From Students: Why Teachers Should Write

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During the last week of school, I met with a group of fourth graders to have an end of the year reflective conversation. We can learn so much about what to do throughout… Continue reading

Maximizing the Adult Resources in Our Classrooms

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Over the summer, a few of us at TWT all received questions about how to manage extra adults in the classroom. Today and tomorrow, Deb and I have begun our own little mini-series… Continue reading

What Are Their Tools For Independence? Starting With What Matters Most

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  One of the most important questions I always have in the back of my head when I am working with students is how to ensure that the concept  I am teaching will… Continue reading

Have Charts, Will Travel. Mentor texts? Even better!

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My last post was about some of the reflections that I want to remember when I teach any genre of writing, but I also wanted to share more of our poetry workshop and… Continue reading

Respect, React, and Write–My Three Reflections

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Three important reflections inspired by teaching poetry to fifth-grade writers