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It’s SOL Tuesday!

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It’s Tuesday! Time to write, share, and give!

It’s Slice of Life Tuesday!

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It’s Slice of Life Tuesday! Time to write, share and give!

Write to the Finish!

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It’s the final countdown to summer for me and my third graders. Here are some ways we’ve used writing to end the year in a meaningful way.

Patterns of Power: Review + Giveaway

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At a time when  thoughts turn to sandy beaches and alarm clock-less days, it takes a very special professional book to make me wish (at least a little) that it was September and I could start implementing all these fabulous, fun and important lessons now! Patterns of Power: Inviting Young Writers into the Conventions of Language is a book that will make you happy to have the opportunity to be a teacher, working with young writers to help them explore, wonder, and apply the conventions they learn. It’s a book that I believe will transform how teachers and students look at conventions

Organization Wishes and Happy Writing Dreams

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Are you the writing teacher you dream to be?

Making the Most of May and June: Looking Back and Moving Forward

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By taking some time in May and June to try new writing projects, we can motivate students to stay connected and continue living the writerly life when no one is assigning them to do it. They can write (and read) because it’s part of who they are and how they live each day. Let’s not allow May and June become movie-watching, worksheet-filling, killing-time days. Let’s make each day count and keep our writers enthusiastic about all the possibilities being a writer brings.

Write at the Start: No More Morning Worksheets

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How can we let writing be part of a “soft start” for students instead of making them complete joyless worksheets? How do your students start the day or class period? Please join the conversation!

Super Spellers: Review + Giveaway

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How do you approach teaching writers to spell? Mark Weakland’s book Super Spellers: Seven Steps to Transforming Your Spelling Instruction might have some new insights for you!

Reflections on the Classroom SOLSC 2018

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The Classroom SOLSC is over for this year…now come the reflections!

2018 CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 31 OF 31

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Woohoo! Day 31 of the Classroom SOLSC! You and your students made it!

2018 CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 30 OF 31

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Welcome to Day 30 of the Classroom SOLSC! How would you sum up this experience in 6 words?

Immersion into Poetry with Centers

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Third grade poetry centers are one way to immerse students in the different literary devices and figurative language we find in poems.

2018 CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 29 OF 31

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Welcome to Day 29 of the Classroom SOLSC! How are you planning to celebrate your students efforts in the challenge?

2018 CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 28 OF 31

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Welcome to Day 28 of the Classroom SOLSC! Care to leave a video on Flipgrid about your experience?

2018 CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 27 OF 31

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Welcome to Day 27 of the Classroom SOLSC! Today we are looking for your feedback on the format we used this year.

2018 CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 26 OF 31

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Welcome to Day 26! Today’s questions is about thinking of the lessons learned and what you might do differently next year….

2018 CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 25 OF 31

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Welcome to Day 25 of the 2018 Classroom SOLSC for Students! We are thinking about texts that inspire your students to write today.

2018 CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 24 OF 31

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Welcome to Day 24 of the 2018 Classroom SOLSC for Students! Are your students easily coming up with ideas or need a little help for our final stretch?

TWT’s Mission Statement

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Every so often, it is good to stop and think about why we do what we do. At Two Writing Teachers, the co-authors and I recently revisited our Mission Statement and updated it to reflect our most current beliefs about this blog and the teaching of writing

Student-Written Mentor Texts: Beyond the Fundamentals of Writing Workshop

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While many teachers seem knowledgeable about mentor texts and teacher-created texts, it is my hope that focusing on student-written mentor texts will lead more teachers to realize students can be mentor authors, too.