Author Archive

Heartfelt Gifts: Writing Presents

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My favorite gifts to give are the ones that have come from my heart and my pen!

Many Ways to Use “I am” Poems!

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Don’t shy away from the formulaic “I am” poem! There are so many possibilities…

We Are The Authors: Publishing Decisions

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When it’s time to publish, the classroom teacher has many decisions to consider!

In Thanks: Books That Built a Writing Teacher

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What are the books that have shaped you as a teacher of writing? Reflecting today, in thanks, for the authors and books that have influenced my life as a teacher.

A Tale of Teachers: Collaboration, Community, Connection

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Once upon a time, there was a teacher who became a better teacher by connecting with other passionate educators…

Infusing Information Writing Throughout the Day: Diving Into Information Writing

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A recovering hater of information writing, this post is my first step towards bringing information writing to life for my third graders! It is a vision and collection of possibliities for infusing information writing across the curriculum through the day.

Writing Workshop is Hard Work

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Last Thursday, I endeavored to explain writing workshop to parents in my district at Parent University. As I drove home after the presentation, I felt unsettled, like there had been a gap in what the parents were hoping to learn and what I delivered. What would you be sure to include in a presentation to parents on writing workshop?

Pump Up the Volume! -Part of #TWTblog’s Throwback Week

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In this throwback week post, Beth Moore brilliantly shares great ideas to help students “pump up their volume”- just what my 3rd graders need!

Putting Feelings First with Personal Narratives

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Beth’s recent post inspired me to launch personal narratives by thinking about our feelings first.

Who’s Up For a TWT Voxer Book Club?

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Are you a Voxer skeptic? Read on to find out how Voxer can enrich your teaching life and an opportunity to use Voxer with others in our TWT community.

Make Your Mark by Blogging!

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I have plans, big plans, for my third grader writers this year. Topping the list is helping them to become bloggers.

Where Do We Go Next? Use a Checklist!

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Do your on-demand writing samples go into a folder or do they help you plan your next steps?

A Parent’s Guide To Writing Workshop

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Back to School Night is around the corner! When it comes to writing workshop, what do we need families to know?

Give Heart Maps a Rest! Try Writing Territory Maps

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The heart map is a great tool for helping students find personally meaningful topics, but used year after year, it might feel a little stale. Writing territory maps is another option!

Writing Mantras for the New School Year

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What can we say to ourselves to affirm the power of writing? What words will help us move forward when the going gets tough? Thinking about class writing mantras…

Creating Classroom Environments: Places for Writers to Grow

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Every summer I dream of my classroom. When considering my third grade writers, what do they need to grow and how can I provide classroom spaces for that?