Category Archive: change

Fitting It All In: Solving Predictable Problems

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For many of us, especially in middle school, trying to fit all the pieces of writing workshop into, say, a 41-minute schedule, can feel daunting. How can we teach a minilesson, get our kids working, confer with individuals and small groups, provide a mid-workshop interruption, and facilitate a teaching share…all in that tight time frame?

Give yourself a pat on the back!

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Take some time to celebrate what your students have accomplished, thanks to your teaching, in writing workshop. Name something — big or small — you’re proud of from this school year.

Writing Process in Action

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A few posts ago I shared my evolving thoughts about the writing process. Last week I was able to put my thinking to the test. In third grade, kids were getting ready to… Continue reading

Teach the Writer

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I wish we could change the world by creating powerful writers forever instead of indifferent writers for school. —Mem Fox I just want to take a deep breath and read those words again.… Continue reading

Join Us for Today’s SOLSC

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Last week I was chatting with a second grader about characters in stories.  I said, “As a reader, I know you’ve noticed that characters in stories usually change in some way.” “No they… Continue reading

Ruth’s Slice: Rekindled.

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I spent Monday and Tuesday being inspired by Penny Kittle.  My thoughts swirled as  she shared her ideas, passion, and love for teaching students to write well in that no-nonsense genuine style of… Continue reading

reflecting on charts.

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Yesterday in Sue Price’s sixth grade language arts class, I led the sharing.  Her students are in the middle of reading their research (on a topic of their choice) in order to write… Continue reading

solc: song on the radio.

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What a busy day!  Currently I’m in the midst of a major life change.  Yesterday’s slice of life was too personal to post (not to mention that I left my house at 5:30 am,… Continue reading

confidence.

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I had an interesting phone call yesterday afternoon.  Upon answering the phone, the voice on the other end identified herself and went on to tell me, “I’m not sure why I feel the… Continue reading