Author Archive

Re-imagining Classroom Work Spaces: Reaching Your Writers

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We cannot always afford to provide students everything we want to give them, but it’s important to find ways to give all kids what they need. It is possible to create a space with flexible seating options on a limited budget.

Positive Feedback That Moves Writers

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Specific feedback helps students replicate what you want them to do in their writing.

A Mentor Text to Inspire the Next Generation of Writers and Activists + a Book Giveaway

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I’ve found a hybrid mentor text that will inspire young writers and budding activists.
Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win a copy of Scot Ritchie’s new book, Join the No-Plastic Challenge.

The Good-Enough Writing Workshop

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When we’re new at doing something, we try to achieve perfection too soon. Greatness isn’t something that can be achieved when we begin teaching writing using a workshop approach. It helps to extend ourselves some grace and accept being “good enough” when we start.

Food Writing, Community Building, and a Book Giveaway

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Writing workshop thrives when a community of children come together as writers who know each other. The first six weeks of school is when we build community. Here’s one way to build relationships and encourage kids to write about one of their favorite things simultaneously.

Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win a copy of Eric Carle and Friends’ newest book, What’s Your Favorite Food?

How to Deal with “Too Much” Energy in the Classroom + a Book Giveaway

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Every writing workshop I’ve ever taught or consulted in has had at least one child who is in perpetual motion. Many times, that child is the kid who talks their classmates during independent writing time, interrupts their teacher during a writing conference, or cannot respect their peers’ space in the meeting area. The first few weeks of school are the perfect time to begin conversations about living in a classroom community where all learners have different needs.

Susan Verde, author of Unstoppable Me, chats with Stacey about the ways we can build classroom writing communities that welcome kids with who are often seen as having “too much” energy.

The Importance of Establishing Routines: Nurturing Independence from the Start

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There are some routines that are more important to teach than others during the first six weeks of school. In the midst of building classroom community and starting to teach curriculum, there are a dozen routines one can model with students so writing workshop runs efficiently.

June/July Vacation

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Summer is almost here, which means our team is taking a break from now through August 1st. (Well, except on Tuesdays. We always SLICE on Tuesdays.)

Six New Narrative Picture Books for Your Mentor Text Basket

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Just as we reflect our teaching practices in the summertime, we can rethink some of the mentor texts we use and find new ones to share with students in minilessons, writing conferences, and strategy lessons.

Introducing a New Co-Author and Two Contributing Writers

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It’s my pleasure to introduce three new members to the #TWTBlog Team. I am confident our readers will benefit from their expertise in the years to come. Please join me in welcoming them by leaving a comment after you read more about them.

Supporting EAL Students in Writing Workshop

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Eight educators share their expertise to help us understand the way to meet the needs of students who are learning English within the context of writing workshop.

Differentiating and Inspiring Students with Learning Differences in Writing Workshop

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Have you ever wondered how other teachers were meeting the needs of students with learning differences? Five educators share their expertise with us today.

Tips for Getting the Most out of a Literacy Conference: Strengthening Professional Learning

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Professional conferences are an excellent way to increase your knowledge and can fuel your enthusiasm for teaching. If you’re new to attending conferences — or just want some tips to help you maximize your enjoyment as a conference-goer — then this post is for you!

Curating an Array of Mentor Texts

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If we’re committed to differentiating instruction, then it’s important to use a variety of mentor texts to meet students’ needs.

Immersion in Writing Workshop is Always Worth the Time

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The time investment you will spend in immersion may seem like a lot – especially if you’re providing students with four days to understand a genre. However, students will gain a greater understanding of the kind of writing you are asking them to produce if they have a clear vision for what the end product should look like.

Will you share your expertise with us?

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Are you an EAL, ICT, special education, or learning support teacher who uses writing workshop? If so, we’d like to hear from you.

DAY 6 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL19

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How are you feeling now that we’re six days into the month-long SOLSC?

DAY 5 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL19

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We’re five days in to our month-long writing challenge!

DAY 4 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL19

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It’s the fourth day of our 31-day writing challenge!

DAY 3 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL19

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Are you ready to share the link to your slice of life story and leave supportive comments for other Slicers?