Author Archive

Why Confer?

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Six educators make the case for conferring with students regularly.

Writing with Emotion: A Review of Ida, Always

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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.

Classroom Takeaways from #NJSCBWI16

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Sharing some highlights from the New Jersey Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Annual Conference, which took place this past weekend.

SOL Tuesday + Some Announcements

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Link-up to our weekly writing challenge right here.

Introducing Two New Co-Authors

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We’re delighted to welcome two new writers to our #TWTBlog Co-Author Team.

ICYMI: Author Spotlight Series

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Many thanks to Bob, Isabel, Julie, Lauren, Liz, Maribeth and Paula for sharing part of their writing lives with our community of teachers and writers this week. In case you missed any of their blog posts, this post contains links to each of their posts. Be sure to leave a comment on each of their blog posts by June 4th, 2016 for a chance to win one of their books.

SOL Tuesday

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Write. Share. Give.

It’s SOL Tuesday!

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It’s time to share your slice of life stories!

Teaching the Four Types of Writing Through Texts

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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.

SOL Tuesday

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If it’s Tuesday, it’s writing time!

How to Choose & Mine Mentor Texts for Craft Moves: Teaching Writing with Mentor Texts

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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.

SOL Tuesday + a Donation Update

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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

Engaging with Preschool Writers

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Last week, I encouraged a group of preschoolers to write books about their experiences. It went better than I expected.

Contributing Writers

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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.

Q&A with Kate DiCamillo

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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.

EdCollab Gathering

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Four of us will present at The Educator Collaborative Spring Gathering tomorrow at 2:00 p.m.

Video Case Studies: P.D. Possibilities

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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

DAY 5 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL16

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Today is the final day for SOLSC participants to sign-up for the Challenge. If you haven’t done so already, please fill out the Participant Information Form, after you leave the link to your slice of life story, today.

DAY 4 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL16

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It’s wonderful to have you back for the fourth day of our month-long writing challenge.

DAY 3 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL16

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It’s the third day of our month-long writing challenge. We’re delighted you’re here, sharing a slice of your life, today!