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It’s time for SOL Tuesday! #sol18 #TWTBlog

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It’s time to write, share, and give. But before you do, please take a look at the updated comment guidelines and please read this week’s announcements.

A Conversation with Amy June Bates & Juniper Bates + a Book Giveaway

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  Anyone who knows me in real life knows how concerned I’ve been about the state of affairs in our country. I’ve been making phone calls, signing petitions, and showing up to my… Continue reading

Participant Information Form #sol18

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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.

It’s SOL Tuesday! #sol18 #TWTBlog

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Please read today’s announcements before leaving the link to your post.

Inquiry Minilessons: Beyond the Fundamentals of Writing Workshop

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There are many ways to teach a minilesson effectively. Many people think inquiry minilessons are stickier than demonstrations since kids “discover” things on their own. As a result, learning stays with kids longer since they’ve come to the learning on their own.

SOL Tuesday

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Please read today’s announcements before leaving the link to your post especially if you’re planning to participate in the 6th Annual Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge with your students.

New Blog Series: Beyond the Fundamentals of Writing Workshop

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Our new blog series, Beyond the Fundamentals of Writing Workshop, begins today. This series is for experienced workshop teachers who wish to push the limits on traditional teacher/student parameters so their writing workshops will become more student-centered. This post contains a preview of what’s to come in our posts this week plus information about a book giveaway we’re hosting as part of this blog series.

Overview of the 11th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge

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Calling all educators! Whether you’re thinking about joining our writing community or coming back for your eleventh March writing challenge, please take a few minutes to read this post.

Comforting Picture Books + Giveaways

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These books serve to comfort children during what is a serious and uncertain time. After reading this post, leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of all five books.

Thinking About Audience

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Last month, Rebekah O’Dell tweeted out a link to a piece written by NY Times Columnist, Nicholas Kristof. I read through Kristof’s “My Worst Columns” piece and was shocked his annual holiday gift guide was… Continue reading

Stacey’s OLW for 2018

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[Humanity] has unquestionably one really effective weapon—laughter. Power, money, persuasion, supplication, persecution—these can lift at a colossal humbug—push it a little—weaken it a little, century by century, but only laughter can blow it to rags and atoms at a blast. Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand. — Mark Twain

Plan Boxes as Management Tools

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Do you struggle with students working — rather than socializing — during independent writing time? If so, here’s a solution to keep your kids engaged as writers so you can maximize the number of students you meet with during independent writing time.

Don’t Skimp on the Compliment.

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Mark Twain once said, “I can live for two months on a good compliment.” While our students should regularly receive compliments from their teachers, good ones can fuel their ambition and willingness to stretch themselves as writers.

ICYMI: #TWTBlog’s Homework Mini-Series

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Last week, we hosted a mini-series on homework and the role it plays in elementary and middle school writing workshops.

Nightly Writing: Homework and the Writing Workshop

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Four ways to encourage students to write after the school day is finished WITHOUT assigning writing as homework.

Conventions & Presentation: Solving Predictable Problems

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Proper use of conventions and the aesthetics of writing pose unique challenges in an elementary writing workshop. Here are solutions to eight predictable problems you may be facing with your students.

Overview: Solving Predictable Problems Blog Series

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Once fall arrives, most writing workshops are well underway. Depending on when your school year started, you’re likely teaching your second or third unit of study. Most of you are probably prepping for… Continue reading

Poems Are Teachers: Interview & Giveaway

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Poems Are Teachers, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater’s newest book, is grounded in the idea of writing workshop. It contains practical lessons teachers can use the very next day, as well as mentor texts written by published and student poets. Learn more about it in an interview with Amy. Then, leave a comment for a chance to win two of Amy’s books.

Doing the Same Work as Our Students

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I made many mistakes during my first year of teaching. I’m too embarrassed to blog about most of them since I cringe when I look back on my first year of teaching. I got so… Continue reading

The Words You Write First Are Anyone’s Words

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Regardless of the genre, one of the most important things we can teach our students is how to write words that could come from them – and only them.