Author Archive

The Importance of Establishing Routines: Nurturing Independence from the Start

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There are some routines that are more important to teach than others during the first six weeks of school. In the midst of building classroom community and starting to teach curriculum, there are a dozen routines one can model with students so writing workshop runs efficiently.

June/July Vacation

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Summer is almost here, which means our team is taking a break from now through August 1st. (Well, except on Tuesdays. We always SLICE on Tuesdays.)

Six New Narrative Picture Books for Your Mentor Text Basket

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Just as we reflect our teaching practices in the summertime, we can rethink some of the mentor texts we use and find new ones to share with students in minilessons, writing conferences, and strategy lessons.

Introducing a New Co-Author and Two Contributing Writers

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It’s my pleasure to introduce three new members to the #TWTBlog Team. I am confident our readers will benefit from their expertise in the years to come. Please join me in welcoming them by leaving a comment after you read more about them.

Supporting EAL Students in Writing Workshop

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Eight educators share their expertise to help us understand the way to meet the needs of students who are learning English within the context of writing workshop.

Differentiating and Inspiring Students with Learning Differences in Writing Workshop

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Have you ever wondered how other teachers were meeting the needs of students with learning differences? Five educators share their expertise with us today.

Tips for Getting the Most out of a Literacy Conference: Strengthening Professional Learning

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Professional conferences are an excellent way to increase your knowledge and can fuel your enthusiasm for teaching. If you’re new to attending conferences — or just want some tips to help you maximize your enjoyment as a conference-goer — then this post is for you!

Curating an Array of Mentor Texts

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If we’re committed to differentiating instruction, then it’s important to use a variety of mentor texts to meet students’ needs.

Immersion in Writing Workshop is Always Worth the Time

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The time investment you will spend in immersion may seem like a lot – especially if you’re providing students with four days to understand a genre. However, students will gain a greater understanding of the kind of writing you are asking them to produce if they have a clear vision for what the end product should look like.

Will you share your expertise with us?

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Are you an EAL, ICT, special education, or learning support teacher who uses writing workshop? If so, we’d like to hear from you.

DAY 6 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL19

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How are you feeling now that we’re six days into the month-long SOLSC?

DAY 5 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL19

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We’re five days in to our month-long writing challenge!

DAY 4 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL19

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It’s the fourth day of our 31-day writing challenge!

DAY 3 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL19

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Are you ready to share the link to your slice of life story and leave supportive comments for other Slicers?

DAY 2 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL19

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We’re on day two of our month-long writing challenge!

DAY 1 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL19

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March has arrived, which means it’s time for our month-long writing challenge.
Please take a few minutes to flip through the embedded PPT for some essential information about the Challenge.

Today is the final SOL Tuesday before the 12th Annual SOLSC begins!

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Today’s the final warm-up before our month-long writing challenge begins this Friday.

SOL Tuesday #sol19

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After you leave the link to your slice of life story today, please take a moment to fill out the Participant Information Form for the 12th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge (if you haven’t done so already). The link is in body of this post.

Participant Information Form #sol19

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Attention first-year and returning Slicers: Please fill out this year’s participant information form. Filling out the form takes less than five minutes and helps us stay organized during the Challenge.

SOL Tuesday #sol19

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Before you leave the link to your slice of life story today, please take a moment to read the announcements and enjoy a quote about writing.