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Pausing to Reflect: Personal Essays

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My third graders are wrapping up their unit on personal essay. While some have grasped the structure and have articulated reasons and examples to support their argument, others have struggled to understand the concept of an essay. I want to take some time to think about what went right when teaching this unit and where the breakdowns occurred.

Carving Out Time: Authentic Purposes for Writing

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I believe in writing. I believe that the more you write, the more you discover your own thoughts and ideas. Your voice grows stronger. You become more fluent. Writing becomes a part of who you are, how you see the world, how you process your thoughts, how you communicate effectively with others. It is not enough for students to just write during writing workshop. Writing needs to be woven into the fabric of the day, across subject areas, in ways that are meaningful and authentic for students.

Rolling Out the Welcome Wagon!

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Will you be willing to roll out the Welcome Wagon for our new Slicers this March?

Kathleen’s OLW for 2017

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One Little Words (OLWs) sometimes find you, as if it were meant to be…

It’s Tuesday! Write. Give. Share.

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It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

It’s Tuesday! Write. Give. Share.

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It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

Holiday Blogging Break

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December is a month of celebrations and a chance for the co-authors to take a brief blogging break as we turn our focus to our families during the rest of December. The rest and reflection always helps us start the new year with a renewed sense of passion and purpose.

It’s Tuesday! Write. Give. Share.

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It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

Incorporating Play-Based Learning in Writing Workshop at any Age- Part of #TWTblog Throwback Week

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I am honored to share Beth’s post today on Incorporating Play-Based Learning in Writing Workshop. We need to bring the joy back to our teaching, and Beth’s post is a roadmap to get started.

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A Class Hub To The Rescue!

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A class hub can make all the difference for digital writing and learning!

One Little Word Check-In

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Checking in on my 2016 One Little Word…

The Freedom To Create

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More and more, I’ve been recognizing the need to give students some freedom in their writing lives. Can independent writing time be the answer?

ICYMI: Assessment Strengthens Writers

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We believe “Assessment Strengthens Writers” and this past week, we explored many different ideas related to assessing writers. In case you missed it, here are the links to all of the posts in this blog series. We hope you join us tonight for our Twitter chat and continue the conversation.

Communicating With Families: Assessment Strengthens Writers

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Join me as I imagine how a parent/teacher conversation about writing assessments might go…

Pursue a Passion Project!

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How might you use writing to tap into your personal passions? Are you writing a piece that makes you “ache with caring”? And in a chock-full, busy-every-minute life, how can educators find time for writing that is deeply meaningful, with the lens of replicating this experience for students?

It’s Tuesday! Write. Give. Share.

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

Snapshots From the NYSEC Conference

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My time at the New York State English Council (NYSEC) Conference through snapshots!

It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

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It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

Are You Ready For The National Day on Writing 2016?

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Next Thursday, October 20th, is the National Day on Writing! Are you ready? Read on for some ideas on how to mark this day with your writers.