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Classroom SOLSC: Blogging Strong in Week 2

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We are heading into our second week of blogging in the Classroom SOLSC during extraordinary times. Please let us know in the comments how we can best support you and your students at this time.

Emphasizing Writer’s Craft in the Classroom SOLSC

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Can digital badges that focus on writer’s craft inspire students to try new techniques in their writing? Read more to see how I created new badges for the Classroom SOLSC that emphasize writer’s craft.

April 2020 Classroom SOLSC: Getting Started!

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The April 2020 Classroom SOLSC starts this week on Wednesday, April 1! We look forward to celebrating stories and encouraging students to keep writing. Please share your ideas and resources in the comments!

A Time For Stories: Invitation to the April Classroom SOLSC

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I can’t think of a more important time for sharing stories.Our students are living through a most historic moment as the world faces the Covid-19 global pandemic. Many of us are experiencing school closures and trying to navigate distance learning for the first time under challenging circumstances. If one of your goals is for your students to grow as writers, feel part of a community, and document this unique time in history, consider joining us for the 2020 April Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge (SOLSC).

The New Slicer’s Survival Guide to the March SOLSC

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Have you signed up to take part in the March SOLSC for the first time? Are you on the fence about signing up and want to know a little more about how the challenge works? You are in the right place, my friend! Here is your New Slicer Survival Guide!

Poetry Pathways: Expanding The Possibilities of Genres You Teach

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Instead of being delegated to April only, poetry can be a pathway. We can make the deliberate choice to lead our students down this road on our way to learning and sharing new information, telling a story, discovering a person from history, persuading others, playing with language, responding to reading, opportunities for collaboration, and alternatives to morning work. Poetry should be woven into the fabric of your curriculum and, can be the new road you travel down to reach many goals and objectives. Please include your favorite poetry titles in the Padlet linked in the post!

All About the 2020 Classroom SOLSC

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Blogging is a way to help students develop voice, a sense of audience, build digital citizenship, sharpen writing skills and connect to each other in new ways. Are you ready to sign your students up for the April 2020 Classroom SOLSC? Read on for all the details!

Resolve to Join the Welcome Wagon!

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Is one of your resolutions to find ways to help others? The Welcome Wagon might be for you! Read on to find out how you can join the 2020 March SOLSC Welcome Wagon!

Write. Share. Give.

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As one year ends, and a new one begins, it is the perfect time to share your story.

Write. Share. Give.

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It’s always a good time to write, give and share! Read today’s post to find an inspirational video from the late Amy Krouse Rosenthal, “7 Notes on Life.”

Write. Share. Give.

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It’s a great day for a slice of life story! What stories must you share today?

TWT Winter Recess and Holiday Wishes

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It is the time of year we are pausing at Two Writing Teachers and taking a short winter break. While we’re looking forward to our blogging break, we have a lot in store for 2020!
Find out more in this post.

Interview with Teacher and Author Kate Narita + Giveaway

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4th grade teacher and published author, Kate Narita, answers my questions today about being a writer and an educator who is currently in the classroom. Be sure to comment for a chance to win a copy of Kate’s book 100 Bugs! A Counting Story, a class set of bookmarks, and a 15 minutes Skype with Kate!

Write. Share. Give.

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It’s a great day for a slice of life story! What stories must you share today?

Write. Share. Give.

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It’s a great day for a slice of life story! What magic might your words create today?

Helping Students Who Don’t Want To Write: Reaching Your Writers

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How do we reach our writers who come to us from traumatic backgrounds? How do we help writers who have painful stories they don’t feel comfortable sharing? How do we help children feel safe to write something when they prefer to sit and write nothing? Please share your ideas and experiences in the comments so we can learn from each other and reach more of our writers.

Trying It Out! Using Ideas From Professional Resources

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How do you keep learning and growing as a teacher of writing? How do you apply what you’ve learned from reading professional texts? Today I am sharing the way I am applying my learning from professional texts with my third grade students.

National Day On Writing is Almost Here!

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It’s almost time for the National Day On Writing! Read on for some ideas on ways to celebrate with students. How will you celebrate this day?

Every Child Can Write Blog Tour: Focus on Spelling and Conventions (Giveaway)

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Welcome to the next stop on Melanie Meehan’s Every Child Can Write blog tour! Today’s focus is on Chapter 8, which has excellent ideas for educators when it comes to teaching striving writers about spelling and conventions. Be sure to comment on this post for a chance to win your own copy of Every Child Can Write! (You are going to want a copy of this book ASAP! It is THAT good!)

Back to School Themes and Reflections

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What are the themes that you come back to each school year? Today I explore the topics that I come back to each new year and share links from previous posts. Please share your ideas in the comments!