Category Archive: first day

Revising the Classroom: Adventures in Flexible Seating

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This year I had the opportunity to try out flexible seating with brand new furniture. It’s been an adventure and I’ve learned many lessons along the way. What are your experiences with flexible seating?

Getting to Know Writers

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You can learn a lot about students when you give them a chance to tell you want they know!

A Game Plan for Writing Workshop Transitions

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Have you ever visited a colleague’s classroom or watched a video of a lesson and wondered, “How are those kids so perfect? How do they seem to know exactly what to do, the… Continue reading

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.

Begin the writing workshop year by writing on “Day One”

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This year, I’m reaching back into habits of old and carving out time to write during that first day. Here are some things I will keep in mind…

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.

Going “Back to School”

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Some teachers have been back to school since August 1st, while others head back after Labor Day.  By looking through our site stats I’ve noticed a lot of people are searching for terms… Continue reading

Happy New Year! Using Celebration to Restore and Build our Identities as Writers

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Lindsay Reyes began her teaching career seven years ago in South Carolina where she taught 4th and 5th graders. Following her heart for urban education and literacy reform, she moved to New York… Continue reading

Glogster

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I recently read a post on Raising Reading and Writers that talked about Glogster.  I hadn’t heard of Glogster, which is a tool for creating virtual posters, and therefore checked it out immediately. … Continue reading

Celebrate What You CAN Do!

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If I were still a classroom teacher, then tomorrow would be my first day back to school (unless I were still teaching in Manhattan, and then I’d be heading back the day after… Continue reading

Launching Writing Workshop in the Primary Grades: A Guest Blog Post by Mary Brothers

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Mary Brothers is starting her tenth year of teaching with Dublin City Schools where she has taught first, second, and fourth grades. Last year she was a Technology Support Teacher for the district… Continue reading

A New Notebook for the New School Year

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Some teachers buy them for their students.  Some teachers have parents purchase their own.  Some teachers have school-issued marble composition books.  Regardless of where students’ writer’s notebooks come from, there should be some… Continue reading

Ruth’s SOLS: First Day Minilesson — What is Writing Workshop?

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Here’s a little Slice of Life from the first student day. As a coach, the first day is one of the days I miss the most about being a classroom teacher. Thankfully,  Christi… Continue reading

Getting Ready to Go “Back to School”

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Some teachers are enjoying August without a care in the world, while others are at the bitter end of their summer vacation.  Therefore, I thought I’d take a few minutes to point you… Continue reading

Book Suggestions for Kids Who Are New to School

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My neighbor’s son is starting Kindergarten this month.  Even though I’ve only known him for a little over a year, I’m delighted for him since this is an exciting time in a young… Continue reading

What book will you read aloud on the first day of school?

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When I was a middle school teacher, and now in most workshops that I lead, my favorite first read aloud is Hooray for Diffendoofer Day by Dr. Seuss (with some help from Jack… Continue reading

Professional Talk: The Walls of Your Classroom

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Each week I receive, The Big Fresh, an e-newsletter from Choice Literacy.  This week’s feature is entitled “There’s Room for Me Here.” As I began reading through the article, it resonated with the… Continue reading

Routines I Teach So Things Run Smoothly

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Ruth, and many other TWT Readers, have been back-to-school with the kids for weeks. My students, on the other hand, start classes this Tuesday. I was cleaning out my closet the other day… Continue reading

Trying to Banish the Back-to-School Jitters

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Postcards to Help with the Eradication of First Day of School Jitters Originally uploaded by teachergal I created some postcards to send to my students later today. I’m sending them with the hope… Continue reading

the big picture.

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The first day of school is tomorrow and I can hardly wait. Bags are loaded, clothes are pressed, lunch is packed and since this is my 9th first day of school (as a… Continue reading