Author Archive

Know When to Step Away

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Even when we know what’s best, sometimes the most helpful thing we can do for a child is to let them figure out a problem on their own.

DAY 5 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL17

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Today is the final day to sign-up for our month-long writing challenge. Details about starting late are contained at the top of this post.
For everyone else who is back today, please link up by leaving a comment at the bottom of this post.
All slicers: Please watch the two-minute video for some important announcements before you link-up today.

DAY 4 OF THE MARCH SOLSC #SOL17

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The weekend is here! If you have been on the fence about joining this year’s SOLSC, then please jump in TODAY. (And if you have been blogging for the past few days, then c’mon in today to write, give, & share.)

DAY 3 OF THE MARCH SOLSC #SOL17

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Hooray! We’re on the third day of our month-long writing challenge. Please watch the two-minute video for some important announcements before you link-up today.

DAY 2 OF THE MARCH SOLSC #SOL17

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Today is the second day of our month-long writing challenge. Please make sure to review today’s announcements before you leave a comment with the link to your slice of life story.

DAY 1 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL17

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Welcome to the 10th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge! This is where you share a link to your individual (not classroom) slice of life story. Please remember to give at least three other Slicers some comment love during the day today.

One more day until the March SOLSC begins!

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Write, share, and give today for SOL Tuesday.

Write Your Own Teaching Points

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Need help writing strategies that are explicit and kid-friendly? Check out this excerpt from DIY Literacy.

ICYMI: Get Started with Our Month-Long Writing Challenge

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The TWT co-author team has posted a lot to help you get ready for both the individual and classroom challenges over the past two months. However, it’s possible you may have missed one of our posts. Or, perhaps, you have a friend or colleague who is on the fence about joining us. Whatever the case, here’s a round-up of our posts that will point you in the right direction so you’re ready to join the SOLSC this Wednesday!

SOL Tuesday

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Our weekly call for slice of life stories + some information about our upcoming March writing challenge.

First-Time Slicer FAQs

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Have questions about the upcoming SOLSC? Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions. If your question wasn’t answered in the post, then please leave a comment on this blog post OR contact us via e-mail.

Participant Information Form #sol17

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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 with timely prize distribution in April.

Time for SOL Tuesday

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Gear-up for our month-long writing challenge by participating in the Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge today. All you have to do is write your story, share the link to it on this blog post, and then give at least three other writers some comment love.

The Importance of Science: My 2017 #NF10for10 Selections

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These ten picture books will not only teach students about important topics in science, but they’ll also help kids become better writers.

Introducing Our New Co-Author

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There’s a new middle school and coaching voice on our team!

SOL Tuesday

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Please write your Slice of Life Story, share your link, and give at least three comments to other Slicers.

Friendly Letter Writing: Authentic Purposes for Writing

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Thoughts about making time for letter writing in the classroom.

Overview: Authentic Purposes for Writing Blog Series

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Every three months, the TWT co-author team comes together to share our thinking about one aspect of writing. It seems appropriate that we’re sharing our thoughts about authentic purposes for writing this week. Writing is a source of power. Our students will benefit from having strong voices, clear messages, and wide audiences in our quickly changing world.

Join Our Writing Community for the 10th Annual SOLSC

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

Hubbard Family Fire

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A fire tore through the home of one of our co-authors last night. It is my hope you will be able to help her and her family out as they cope with this tragic event.