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Word Study That Sticks: Best Practices K-6 — Review and Giveaway

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Are you looking for ways to make word study more inspiring, meaningful, practical and transferrable? Word Study That Sticks: Best Practices K-6 by Pamela Koutrakos is the resource you need to read! Check out my review of the book today and leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of the book!

Classroom SOLSC: Blogging into Week 2

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It’s Week 2 of the Classroom SOLSC! If you aren’t participating with your students but would like to support our student bloggers with comments, we welcome your support! Students are working so hard thismonth and comments are very motivating. Just click on the Padlet and select a class to read and respond to! This week we are talking about keeping the enthusiasm going in our second week of the challenge.

Classroom SOLSC: Setting Up For Success

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How do you build excitement, stay organized and keep track of all the commenting during the Classroom SOLSC? Read on for my best ideas and then please share your own in the comments!

Classroom SOLSC: Here We Go!

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Welcome to the Classroom SOLSC! We moved to April…no fooling! Student bloggers, this is your month! Thank you to the dedicated educators who are inspiring students to live like a writer all month long.

Thinking Ahead to April and the Classroom SOLSC

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The Classroom SOLSC is in April this year and it gives me an extra month to reflect, plan and prepare! How are you helping students to get ready for this challenge?

Writing Speeches to Inspire Change: Teaching Writing With a Social Justice Lens

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Persuasive speech writing is a powerful way to show students their voices matter, to use the mandated curriculum as that springboard for thinking critically. But before my students begin to write speeches, there is work to be done.

Classroom SOLSC Makes a Move!

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This year, the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge is making a move from March to April! Read to find out more about the challenge and how you can take part!

The Welcome Wagon Needs You!

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Will you consider being part of the March SOLSC Welcome Wagon?

A Writer Emerges: Watching My Daughter Grow as a Writer

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How do you when you are a writer? I’ve been following my daughter’s journey and watching her grow in her belief she is a writer. I’m a believer, too.

Think More, Say More, Write More: Elaborating with Personal Essay

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How do you help writers bridge the gap from paragraph writing to essay writing? What are your favorite strategies for elaboration?

Ways to Organize Writer’s Notebooks: Notebook as a Writer’s Tool

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There is no one “correct” way to organize writer’s notebooks. So much depends upon the purpose the notebooks serve in your classroom and how students will utilize them during writing time. My goal with this post is to share different possibilities for organizing writer’s notebooks and present you with various options. To section or not to section will depend on how you see writer’s notebooks and the role they play in your workshop.

Thoughtful Third Grader: Building Relationships Through Writing

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Making some time and space in the day to celebrate a student each week has enriched my class as readers, writers, and human beings. How do you use writing to lift up the students in your class? 

Out of the Classroom and Into the World: Workshop by Katherine Schulten

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What are the educational issues calling your name? How can you use writing to share about your teaching experiences?  A Long Island Writing Project workshop, facilitated by Katherine Schulten, inspired me to keep sharing my teaching stories.

Finding Your Voice, Telling Your Story

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In what ways have you pushed yourself to try a new type of writing or to share your ideas in a public way? In July, I pushed myself to write a keynote speech and learned lessons along the way.

Write Them Back!

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Do you receive letters from your students at the start of the year? Do you write them back? In what ways do you get to know new students? How do you keep track of the information and use it as a guide for helping your writers grow?

Questioning Traditional Homework Practices

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It can feel scary and uncertain to step away from a traditional practice like assigning homework. Following your teacher heart (and your gut) and reading what other professionals and researchers have shared can make you feel more confident in taking a risk and trying a new policy. Read on to see how one teacher (me) changed how and why homework is assigned.

Quick Tip: Twitter Digital Notebook

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Do you wish you can save all the bits of inspiration and ideas you read on Twitter? Now you can! Read on for an easy way to never lose those tweets again.

Planning for Intentionality: Elementary Planner Giveaway

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Do you have a love/hate relationship with your plan book? Are you looking to be more inspired when you jot your weekly plans? Read on to learn about the Intentional Educator Planner (Elementary) and comment for a chance to win your own copy!

This is the Year I’m Going to Make Share Time a Priority

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A glance at the clock tells me we have just three minutes to get our coats and lunches and line up. Students are still writing, but now there is no time to gather and share.  I sigh, realizing this has become a pattern; without a clear plan for making the share happen, it often does not. But all that will change because… This is the year I’m going to make share time a priority!

It’s Tuesday! Time to Write, Share and Give

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It’s Tuesday and time to share your Slice of Life! As the calendar turns to August tomorrow, TWT returns from our summer break to start a new school year. Stay tuned for our August blog series, “Dreaming Big for This Year’s Writing Workshop”, which kicks off August 5th and continues through August 13th.