Category Archive: back to school

Writing: A Path to Become an Intentional Educator

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What if there was a way to build in opportunities to reflect, in writing, about my teaching right in the place where the lesson plans reside? And what if that place could also offer daily inspiration and opportunities to set positive intentions for the week ahead?

3 Steps to Building A Learning Community: Vision. Intention. Purpose.

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The young writers sitting in our classroom will rise above the fears and struggles of being a writer, but it will take intentional planning, repetitive teaching, daily writing, and reteaching. Writing is hard work. Students don’t become writers because we have writing workshop. Writers become writers because teachers have clear intentions and a vision of what’s possible.

Using a Writing Survey

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How do you get to know the writers in your classroom at the beginning of the school year?

Writing Workshop is Hard Work

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Last Thursday, I endeavored to explain writing workshop to parents in my district at Parent University. As I drove home after the presentation, I felt unsettled, like there had been a gap in what the parents were hoping to learn and what I delivered. What would you be sure to include in a presentation to parents on writing workshop?

Essential Thoughts: Building a Community of Writers — Part of #TWTBlog’s Throwback Week

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Throwback week continues on Two Writing Teachers. Today, Anna throws back to Deb, who shared how to foster deep writing community bonds back in August.

Where Do We Go Next? Use a Checklist!

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Do your on-demand writing samples go into a folder or do they help you plan your next steps?

A Parent’s Guide To Writing Workshop

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Back to School Night is around the corner! When it comes to writing workshop, what do we need families to know?

Back to School Posts on TWT

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We’ve curated some of our top ‘Back to School’ posts to help you plan and launch your writing workshop.

Give Heart Maps a Rest! Try Writing Territory Maps

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The heart map is a great tool for helping students find personally meaningful topics, but used year after year, it might feel a little stale. Writing territory maps is another option!

Writing Mantras for the New School Year

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What can we say to ourselves to affirm the power of writing? What words will help us move forward when the going gets tough? Thinking about class writing mantras…

Essential Thoughts- Building a Community of Writers

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Writers within a community understand the importance of their writing community and work to maintain its existence. Because the students value their writing community, they also feel accepted and free to try new ideas, take risks, and push themselves to be their personal best. They feel encouraged internally and externally.

Okay, But What Would You Do?

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This week has been full of writing workshop conundrums and dilemmas!

Back to School

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I’ve culled the TWT archives for posts you might want to read during the first month of the school year.

Beginning Year Read Alouds

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A list of beginning of the year read aloud books to set a positive climate and kick start your workshop.

There Are More Ways Than One To Teach A Minilesson

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Last week I wrote a post titled How To Plan A Minilesson From Scratch, and I outlined a very simple way to plan minilessons, based on the work of my wonderful colleagues at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. Now, I am going to backtrack a bit and revisit just a teensy weensy bit of what I said. I wrote, “Every minilesson can pretty much go the same way.” And this is absolutely true, most of the time. Except for those times when it’s not true.

Visual Writer Introductions

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Fostering a nurturing writing community at the beginning of the school year means taking the time to build a community of writers. Here’s an artistic way you can have students introduce themselves, and their quirks, to their peers.

RECAP: Sharpen Your Workshop Routines Blog Series

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ICYMI: A look back at our blog series about sharpening workshop routines.

Sharpen Your Workshop Routines: Writing Centers to Organize All Your Materials

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Every year, around this time, I start having dreams about setting up my classroom. In the classroom of my dreams, I’m moving around small circular tables, unfurling a brand new rug for the… Continue reading

Sharpen Your Workshop Routines: 5 Secrets to Great Meeting Areas

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Are you looking to make the most out of your classroom’s meeting area? Find out how to create and maintain a meeting area that will function as the focal point of your writing workshop.

What is it you do?

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We were at a family reunion last weekend and had too-few minutes to visit with one of my favorite cousins who I only get to see once a year at the reunion. She… Continue reading