Category Archive: authentic writing

Yes &… with Digital Tools We Can

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As we set off to create writers who write in tandem with the printed world and the digital world there are a few we need to consider.

Exposing, Sharing, & Connecting: Helping Writers See Why We Write

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When we know the purpose or the why in our work we work intentionally. As teachers, knowing our writers are working with intention allows us to trust the students. With trust, we can step back and allow students to make the decisions about their writing.

Getting to Know Your Writers

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The decisions I make from the classroom library to family connections are intentional and responsive to building a community of writers and learning about the students who make up this community.

From the Classroom to the World: How a Young Writer is Making Her Voice Heard

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Find out how Amelia Poor, age 12, learned “at a really young age how powerful writing can be.”

Amelia’s journey will surely inspire you and your young writers!

Building Word Superheroes: With Permission and Invented Spelling

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Teaching students to take the risks necessary to be inventive spellers means I have to respect the stage of development of the student. I can’t expect the students to know (or use) something I haven’t taught.  It also means communicating to parents about what it means to use inventive spelling and its role in developing writers and readers.

Write to the Finish!

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It’s the final countdown to summer for me and my third graders. Here are some ways we’ve used writing to end the year in a meaningful way.

Spontaneous Sparks

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My students got extra creative when we used some extra time in a spontaneous way!

Making the Writer Better: Getting Started with Blogging

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As I move forward in planning summer professional development for the teachers in my district, I am already finding the infographic invaluable.  In planning my session, “Getting Started with Blogging” I found the information on the infographic guiding each slide and each step as I planned the presentation.

Make Writing Better. Start With The Writer.

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Think about the writer and making the writer better. What are the needs of a writer? What opportunities does technology offer to make the writer better?

Write at the Start: No More Morning Worksheets

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How can we let writing be part of a “soft start” for students instead of making them complete joyless worksheets? How do your students start the day or class period? Please join the conversation!

Branding Student Blogs

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As an instructional technology coach, I have the privilege of working alongside teachers as they bring their students into the world of blogging.  Many of the teachers I work with are new to blogging. They rely on me to steer them into an experience that will engage the student, lift student writing, and fit within the already packed school day. I guide these teachers to create branded blogs.

Misunderstandings Within The Writing Process

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The writing process is not always linear, it is not a circle of steps, it is not something that needs to be done the same way twice. The writing process might be different everytime a writer sits down to start. It might be different for someone writing a poem one day and an essay a week later. The writing process is as unique as the writer. Embrace the process and its endless possibilities as students move forward.

Past the Flash of Technology

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Technology gives us all choices and decisions to make. Big decisions. How can we welcome technology in our classrooms? Technology can be a new way of doing the same thing. Will we seek apps that allow our students to make choices in creating and sharing with others, or will we seek apps that do the same old thing in a different way?

What Do Teachers Do All Summer?

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Summer is the opportunity to sit back, hit reset and plan how I will improve for next year.  I like to use my extra hours of summer considering my past teaching practices and think about what worked and what I wish had gone differently.