Author Archive

The Intentional Educator Planner (Giveaway)

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I’ve always wanted to keep a reflective journal about my teaching but in the hustle and bustle of a busy school day, that seemed to be the first thing to go from list of “to-do’s.” I’m hopeful that having  a place to reflect right in my plan book will encourage me to take time to write down my thoughts and ideas each week. The 2017-2018 Intentional Educator Planner will be just the place!

Mentor Texts: Writing Workshop Fundamentals

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Today, in writing workshop, we intentionally teach students how to write by using authors as our co-teachers.  As teachers, we write for and with our students, and our writing can show them the possibilities for their own pieces. We highlight student work too as a mentor text, creating a bridge from what students are currently doing to a more effective way of writing.

It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

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It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

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It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

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It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

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It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

July Blogging Break

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Ah, summer vacation! Time to exhale, reboot, and recharge. At Two Writing Teachers, we are taking a short blogging break for the month of July. We will be spending time with our families, reading, writing, reflecting, and, of course, planning new blog posts to share with you as we get ready to start a new school year.

Feedback That Moves Writers Forward: Review and Giveaway

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Feedback That Moves Writers Forward: How to Escape Correcting Mode To Transform Student Writing, written by Patty McGee, is a must-read for educators who know we can do far better for students when it comes to talking with them about their writing.

Learning From Student Reflections

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I’ve been thinking a lot about my year teaching third grade and the writing my students did. I had thoughts, opinions and ideas about what went right and where I still needed to make changes, refine my practice, be more strategic. Then, it dawned on me: I really need to ask my students what they think.

When Writers Drive The Workshop: Review and Giveaway

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When Writers Drive the Workshop is a book with heart. Brian Kissel writes with passion, voice, humility, conviction, and wisdom. The stories he shares from the student writers he worked with are stories that will stay with you, reminding you why doing this work matters so much. Read the rest of the book review and leave a comment for a chance to win your own copy of When Writers Drive the Workshop! (You will want to win!)

Ready for a Challenge? Keep Learning Going Throughout the Summer

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Are your students ready to be Summer Writing Ninjas? Some challenges to keep the writing going this summer…

It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

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It’s Tuesday! Time for Slice of Life!

It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

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It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

Reluctant Writer?

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My son, a kindergartener, is reluctant to write at homework time. But is he a reluctant writer?

A Writing Workshop Learning Walk

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As much as I try to flatten the walls of my classroom using technology, the truth is there are still walls. It is me and 25 third graders, and most recently, a fabulous student teacher. Still, the walls are there and often I don’t get to see other teachers in action. Last month, I had the opportunity to remedy that problem for a day.

CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS- DAY 31 OF 31

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Congratulations! You’ve made it to the end of the Classroom SOLSC for Students! Time to celebrate!

CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS- DAY 30 OF 31

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Welcome to Day 30 of the Classroom SOLSC for Students! As you reflect on the challenge this year, what would you do differently next year?

CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS- DAY 29 OF 31

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It’s Day 29 for the Classroom SOLSC for Students!

CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 28 OF 31

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Welcome to Day 28 of the Classroom SOLSC for Students!

Growth Mindset in Writing Workshop + Giveaway

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How do we teach a growth mindset, along with all the other aspects of writing that require explicit instruction? Read on to find out more and for the chance to win an autographed copy of Growing a Growth Mindset: Unlocking Character Strengths through Children’s Literature by Dr. Kevin Sheehan and Jessica Ryan.