character development · content-area writing · fiction · giveaway · mentor texts · narrative · personal narrative · poetry

Tapping Into the Power of Some New Mentor Texts

Mentor texts are important co-teachers in the writing workshop! Here's an in-depth look at the mentor texts I talked about in a recent podcast. After you finish reading, be sure to leave a comment after on this post for a chance to win all ten of the featured books!

gender · giveaway · interview · picture book

Talking About Gender Stereotypes with Elise Gravel and Mykaell Blais

If you're looking for an accessible introduction to gender and gender stereotypes, then PINK, BLUE, AND YOU is a book you'll want to own. Take a look inside of the book, hear from the co-authors, and then leave a comment for an opportunity to win a copy of PINK, BLUE, AND YOU!

equity · giveaway · interview · writing workshop

An Interview with the Authors of The Responsive Writing Teacher + a Giveaway

Have you wanted to be a more responsive writing teacher, but weren't sure how to go about doing it? Melanie Meehan and Kelsey Sorum's new book provides a framework to help you hone a more child-centered apporach to the teaching of writing.

giveaway · Slice of Life Story Challenge

The Final Prize Announcement for the 14th Annual SOLSC

While cultivating a daily writing habit and being part of a writing community are the real reward of the SOLSC, there are prizes. Find out if you won one by scrolling through this announcement.

biography · giveaway · interview · picture book

Paint a Portrait with Words

Jen Bryant is a biographer whose recently released picture book, Above the Rim, is a worthy mentor text. Jen stops by TWT to chat with Stacey about some of the most important things kids can keep in mind when they're researching and writing stories about famous people or everyday heroes. Watch the interview, look through some excerpts from her newest picture book biography, and then leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Above the Rim: How Elgin Baylor Changed Basketball.

giveaway · Jennifer Serravallo · remote instruction · remote learning

Connecting with Students Online: Strategies for Remote Teaching & Learning

The book you need right now. Jen Serravallo's newest book for remote education has hit shelves. Take a peek and enter the giveaway!

assessment · authentic assessment · data · feedback · formative assessment · giveaway · goals · growth mindset · high school · middle school · monitoring student learning · peer conferring · personalization · reading-writing connections · record keeping · reflective practice · Sarah M. Zerwin · self-assessment · standards · student engagement · Student ownership · writing workshop

Point-Less by Sarah M. Zerwin: A Review and Giveaway

Sarah Zerwin is workshop to her core, and she has found ways to ensure that her assessment practices are not sending conflicting messages to kids. Point-Less will challenge readers to reflect and inspire them to advocate for change.

giveaway · Joy · writing workshop

Start With Joy: Book Review and Giveaway

Even if you don’t win the copy of Start With Joy as a giveaway from us, I hope you will consider adding it to your collection of professional books. Students face so many pressures and challenges in their daily lives, both in and out of school. Ultimately, we want them to learn, for sure, but we also want them to find joy in the process. This book not only reminds us of the importance of happiness, it also provides ways to design for joy.

Expand the Possibilities of Genres You Teach · giveaway

ICYMI: Expand the Possibilities of the Genres You Teach

What lies beyond the genres you teach? Here is a round-up of our posts from our February Blog Series designed to help you explore and expand all the possibilities!