Educators from around the country share the ways in which they teach about September 11th to their students. This post includes programming and writing ideas, as well as links to videos and picture books you can read aloud. Finally, there’s a giveaway of a brand-new picture book that deals with September 11th.
Today is Picture Book 10 for 10, which is a community of educators who share “must-have” picture books for classrooms. My list includes stories that will inspire children to write about their own experiences in new ways.
Like any other skill, children need long stretches of time to practice writing if they’re going to develop strong writing muscles. Seeing as muscles need to be used often to get bigger, it’s important teachers are providing kids with (four or) five times a week to engage in a writing workshop where they have at least 30 minutes of independent writing time.
Six educators make the case for conferring with students regularly.
Ida, Always is a gentle and honest picture book for helping young children deal with and talk about loss. It’s also an excellent mentor text you can use in writing workshop.
Sharing some highlights from the New Jersey Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Annual Conference, which took place this past weekend.
Link-up to our weekly writing challenge right here.
We’re delighted to welcome two new writers to our #TWTBlog Co-Author Team.
It’s time to share your slice of life stories!
Janiel Wagstaff’s books will help you teach primary writers about the four types of writing in an engaging way. Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win her series of Stella books.
If it’s Tuesday, it’s writing time!
I’ve been researching and working with mentor texts for over a decade. Here’s how I choose them and mine them for craft moves to teach young writers.
Last year we opened a Cafe Press store for people interested in buying some Slicer swag. We received our commission from our store a couple of weeks ago and recently made another donation… Continue reading
Last week, I encouraged a group of preschoolers to write books about their experiences. It went better than I expected.
After nearly three years of being outstanding collaborators on Two Writing Teachers, Anna Gratz Cockerille and Tara Smith have decided to transition from co-authors to contributing writers. To find out why and what that means, please read their words in this post.
The one and only Kate DiCamillo is here today to talk about her new novel, Raymie Nightingale. Read the interview and then leave a comment for a chance to win a free copy of her book.
Four of us will present at The Educator Collaborative Spring Gathering tomorrow at 2:00 p.m.
One of my favorite kinds of professional development is having an opportunity to visit other teachers’ classrooms (aka: lab sites). It helps to see how other teachers carry out instruction with their students.… Continue reading