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It’s Tuesday! Write. Give. Share.

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

Q and A with Author Cindy Jenson-Elliot and a Giveaway!

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Author Cindy Jenson-Elliot answer questions about her newest book, Antsy Ansel: Ansel Adams, A Life in Nature. Comment for a chance to win a copy of this beautiful book that is destined to be one of your mentor texts!

It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

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  Happy October! WRITE a slice of life story on your own blog. SHARE a link to your post in the comments section. GIVE comments to at least three other SOL bloggers.

Writing: A Path to Become an Intentional Educator

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What if there was a way to build in opportunities to reflect, in writing, about my teaching right in the place where the lesson plans reside? And what if that place could also offer daily inspiration and opportunities to set positive intentions for the week ahead?

Family Dialogue Journals

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Can a Family Dialogue Journal help build stronger home-school connections through written conversation?

Pausing on September 11th

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Today, September 11th, is the fifteenth anniversary of the horrific attacks that took place in 2001. We, at Two Writing Teachers, pause today to remember all the lives that were lost and the… Continue reading

Close Writing: Review and Giveaway

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“Mrs. Sokolowski, I’m done!” It’s a refrain I’ve heard often from students, who tell me they are completely finished with a piece of writing. More times than not, as I read the student’s… Continue reading

Post-its and PD: Crafting a Writer’s Statement

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When was the first time you felt like a writer? My earliest memory of being a writer was creating stories that my Grandma used to tell. She invented characters: “Good Gertie,” “Bad Betsy,” and… Continue reading

We Are Writers Here! Starting with What Matters Most

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When I think about what I first want my students to know, what matters most to me as a teacher of writing, more than capital letters or topic sentences or punctuation, I want them to believe they have ideas worth sharing and stories worth telling. I want them to know their voice matters and their words can make a difference. I want them to believe they are writers, right now, whatever their reading proficiency, whatever their language background, whatever their home circumstances. WE ARE WRITERS HERE. We all matter, we all belong, we all can and should write.

It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

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Welcome to Slice of Life Tuesday! Write a slice of life. Share your link. Give at least 3 comments on other posts!   Stacey Shubitz, TWT’s Chief of Operations and Lead Writer, recently… Continue reading

It’s Tuesday! Write. Give. Share.

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Write a post. Share your link. Give at least 3 comments to other Slicers! Children’s author and writing teacher, Amy Ludwig Vanderwater, has an amazing site called Sharing Our Notebooks. If you are feeling… Continue reading

It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

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Time to post your Slice of Life!

It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

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  What can you shine a light on that others might not be seeing? What is your unique story to tell? Today is the day to share! Please write your slice, share your link,… Continue reading

Writing Our Way to Goodbye

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Today is my last day of school! My third grade students and I have been writing our way towards goodbye over the last few weeks.

Go-To Digital Tools for Writing Workshop

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Digital tools can transform your teaching by allowing students to have a writing community beyond the classroom walls, be innovative, make meaningful connections to other writers and students, have more resources readily available, and have true, authentic reasons for writing.

QR Coding Our Way to Summer Writing!

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QR Codes might just be the way to help summer writers keep writing!

Live From #KidLitPalooza!

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Stay tuned this morning as I add to this post about #KidLitPalooza, live from this amazing event that connects children’s authors to students!

Emergent Writing and Star of the Day

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My son, Alex, will be starting kindergarten this coming September, and I find myself thinking back to what I did to help those four and five year old emergent writers. With rising expectations for what incoming kindergarteners can do, I’ve been dusting off my kindergarten bag of tricks to work with Alex, to help him feel confident and ready when school starts.

Digital Mentor Text for Blogs: Teaching Writing with Mentor Texts

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Some of the most influential pieces of writing that have tugged at my heart and live in my soul are blog posts. As we planned this blog series on mentor texts, a lightbulb flashed above my head: Why not create a collection of mentor blog posts to help me improve my own writing? Why not create a similar collection for my students, to share with them possibilities and craft moves they could try, too?

Make Writing: A Book Review

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Make Writing: 5 Teaching Strategies That Turn Writer’s Workshop Into a Maker Space is a “MUST READ” for writing teachers. It is a quick read (less than 100 pages), inspiring, practical, and very current, as “maker spaces” are a hot topic in education today. These strategies can be used with all age levels, bring fresh energy to writing workshop, and allow for more students to find their voices as writers.