Author Archive

A Quick Way to Deal with Bibliographies for Elementary School Writers

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Have your upper elementary school students spent lots of time creating a reference list? Free up the time spent on making a reference list perfect by using an online citation tool.

Conferring Carl on Writing Conferences

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Want to improve your conferring? Carl Anderson’s new book, A Teacher’s Guide to Writing Conferences, will help you learn the ins and outs of conferring well with young writers.
Read the Q&A with Carl, then leave a comment on this blog post for a chance to win a copy of your own!

Books to Begin the School Year

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Add six new picture books to your back-to-school read alouds and to your mentor text collection this fall.
After you read through this post, be sure to leave a comment about how you’d use these books in your classroom for a chance to win all six of them.

Playing Around with Instagram Stories

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I’ve been tinkering with Instagram Stories this summer. I’ve discovered several ways teacher-writers can use them as a tool for living and storytelling.

Be a Teacher Who Writes!

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Have you resolved to write alongside your students this year? If so, join us today and any Tuesday year-round for #sol18.

Our Favorite “Back-to-School” Posts

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Whether you’re already back in school or returning in the next two weeks, I’ve rounded up some of our team’s best blog posts that will help you launch & sustain writing workshop in 2018-19.

SOL Tuesday

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Be a teacher who writes! Join us for our weekly writing challenge. #sol18

SOL Tuesday

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Please take a moment to read a short announcement before you leave the link to your slice of life story today.

This is the year I’m going to keep better records.

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Want to keep (better) conferring records, but don’t know where to begin? This post will help you discover analog and digital record-keeping systems.
Read all the way through since there will are lots of downloadable templates to help you get started.

SOL Tuesday

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Join us by sharing a slice of your life with our community of writers.

Memory Chains: A Strategy for Writer’s Notebooks

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Here’s a fun strategy you can try to generate writing in your notebook this summer. Come back-to-school time, you can teach your students how to use this strategy if they get stuck.

One Line a Day

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One reason we write is to help us remember. As a result, a line-a-day journal is a great way to inspire kids to write daily all summer (and maybe all year) long.

ICYMI: The 4th Annual #TWTBlog Author Spotlight Series

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Last week, nine authors and illustrators stopped by to share their expertise with us. In case you missed it, this post includes links to each of their posts, which include giveaways of their books, virtual author visits, and more!

Announcing the 4th Annual #TWTBlog Author Spotlight Series

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For the next eight days, published picture book, middle-grade, and professional book authors will take over #TWTBlog to share their thoughts on writing, their writing processes, and the path to publishing with you.
Oh, and there will be giveaways!

Learn How to Entice the Hard-to-Reach Writers in Your Classroom

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I found myself annotating Enticing Hard-to-Reach Writers as I read in an effort to hold on to all of Ruth’s wisdom about reaching students who are hiding – physically or emotionally – in our classrooms. As a result, I asked Ruth to answer a bunch of my burning questions about her book, which you need to put on your summer reading list!

End-of-Year Letters: Looking Back and Moving Forward

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Sometimes it’s the feedback our students — rather than our administrators — give us that help us become better teachers.

Preview: Looking Back and Moving Forward Blog Series

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Here’s a preview about our upcoming blog series that will help you close-out your writing workshop in meaningful ways.

Introducing a New Co-Author

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There’s a new primary voice on our co-author team!

TWT Spring Blogging Break

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Our co-author team is taking a blogging break this week. In the meantime, you may access our archives by doing a keyword or category search.

Reinvigorate Your Classroom by Putting Kids First: An Interview with Christine Hertz and Kristi Mraz

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Learn how Hertz and Mraz’s newest book, Kids 1st from Day 1, can impact your writing workshop.