Category Archive: curriculum planning

Our Favorite “Back-to-School” Posts

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Whether you’re already back in school or returning in the next two weeks, I’ve rounded up some of our team’s best blog posts that will help you launch & sustain writing workshop in 2018-19.

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?

No More Cookie-Cutter Teaching

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As educators, we need to take ownership of our teaching.  If you think your tried and true lessons are lackluster, change them.  Start with looking at your students and asking yourself, what do my students need? What are their strengths? Next, look at the VERBS in your standards. Precisely what is it your students need to master in this unit?  Finally, embrace the art of teaching, follow their lead.

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.

Minilessons: It’s All About the Link

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It’s all about the link. Make sure your minilessons link to ongoing work. Link to making choices. Link to all the other minilessons. Link to the charts and resources in the room. Most of all link your minilesson always to problem solving and independence.

How to Plan a Minilesson from Scratch

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Minilessons are actually really easy to plan, and fun to teach. What? You don’t believe me? Let me show you, right now, how to do it.

Not Just Your Run-of-the-Mill Biography Unit Study

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4th Grade Teacher (& Slicer) Noor Shammas writes about her students’ Community Member Biography Project.

New Units of Study

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I purchased the original Units of Study for Teaching Writing, Grades 3 – 5 when they were published in 2006. In the early days, those books were like a Bible to me. I… Continue reading

Highlights from the Week

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I have been in a lot of different writing workshops lately. Just this week I’ve been in 13 writing workshops and have met with 13 different teachers in either reflective practice meetings or… Continue reading

How much can you fit into one school year?

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Many teachers are spending preparation periods working with colleagues to develop a curriculum map for the 2010-2011 school year.  Developing a scope and sequence that is developmentally appropriate, interesting to children, and meets… Continue reading

Sunday’s Balancing Act

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I came home exhausted from the Providence Ronald McDonald House 5K Walk. I took a short nap and then created a list of things I had to do today. Unlike my usual to-do… Continue reading

Day 100, Swine Flu, etc.

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Tomorrow marks the 100th Day of President Obama’s Administration. Today also marks the day that our school stepped up our prevention of the Swine Flu. (Click here for an acrostic poem I wrote… Continue reading

Statement of the Team’s Purpose

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When Ruth and I wrote the mission statement for Two Writing Teachers (TWT), it was – in a word – hard. It’s tough to boil-down the purpose for doing something. After many iterations,… Continue reading