Category Archive: giveaway

How to Deal with “Too Much” Energy in the Classroom + a Book Giveaway

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Every writing workshop I’ve ever taught or consulted in has had at least one child who is in perpetual motion. Many times, that child is the kid who talks their classmates during independent writing time, interrupts their teacher during a writing conference, or cannot respect their peers’ space in the meeting area. The first few weeks of school are the perfect time to begin conversations about living in a classroom community where all learners have different needs.

Susan Verde, author of Unstoppable Me, chats with Stacey about the ways we can build classroom writing communities that welcome kids with who are often seen as having “too much” energy.

SOLSC 2019 Prize Winners Revealed!

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If you were fueled by the 12th Annual SOLSC this month your day might get a little sweeter! Prize winners are revealed today and were all donated by generous authors, publishers, and individuals.

SOLSC Participant Pledge 2019

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Congratulations to all for an amazing March Slice of Life Story Challenge! If you faithfully met the criteria for the challenge by slicing and commenting each day in March, we invite you to complete our form to become eligible for a prize!

The First Commenting Challenge of the SOLSC is here!

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Are you ready for a challenge? It’s our first mid-month challenge of the 2019 SOLSC! Get ready to roll out some extra comments…

SOLSC 2019 Prize Reveal

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And so — TA-DA — here is the list of prizes for the 12th Annual SOLSC, all donated by generous publishers and individuals.

Highlights from We Got This

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I’ve attended 14 TCRWP summer institutes since I began my teaching career. I’ve learned countless things about becoming a better teacher of writers. Through the years, I’ve also learned which afternoon choice sessions… Continue reading

Getting Started With Beginning Writers, A Review and Giveaway

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In A Teacher’s Guide to Getting Started With Beginning Writers, Katie Wood Ray and Lisa Cleaveland help us think with our beliefs — in the decisions we make, in the questions we ask, in our actions, in the language we use, and in how we see children. In everything we do, we send a message, and that message should align with our beliefs.

Conferring Carl on Writing Conferences

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Want to improve your conferring? Carl Anderson’s new book, A Teacher’s Guide to Writing Conferences, will help you learn the ins and outs of conferring well with young writers.
Read the Q&A with Carl, then leave a comment on this blog post for a chance to win a copy of your own!

Announcing the 4th Annual #TWTBlog Author Spotlight Series

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For the next eight days, published picture book, middle-grade, and professional book authors will take over #TWTBlog to share their thoughts on writing, their writing processes, and the path to publishing with you.
Oh, and there will be giveaways!

SOLSC 2018 Prize Winners

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It’s been almost two weeks since the March SOLSC of 2018 and we know you’ve been patiently waiting for the prize winners! We had amazing donors this year and so much support from the slicing community. Thanks to all and of course, good luck!

Reinvigorate Your Classroom by Putting Kids First: An Interview with Christine Hertz and Kristi Mraz

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Learn how Hertz and Mraz’s newest book, Kids 1st from Day 1, can impact your writing workshop.

SOLSC Participant Pledge

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Congratulations to all for an amazing March Slice of Life Story Challenge! If you faithfully met the criteria for the challenge by slicing and commenting each day in March, we invite you to complete our form to become eligible for a prize!

The Winner? It Could be YOU!

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Are you ready to see a winner reveal?

Our Second Mid-Month Weekend Commenting Challenge #SOL18

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Get the fire extinguisher ready because your fingers might burst into flames with commenting motivation when I tell you what our second mid-month commenting challenge prize is going to be this weekend!

SOLSC Prize Reveal

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Here’s the prize reveal for the 2018 Slice of Life Story Challenge! Get your slices ready as we gear up for writing every day during the month of March. We have incredibly generous supporters!

Fault Lines in the Constitution: A Review, Five Tips, + Giveaway!

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This new book by Cynthia and Sanford Levinson is a treasure trove of information as well as a handy example of many elements of inspiring nonfiction writing.

ICYMI: Our Third Annual Author Spotlight Series

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Last week, seven authors and illustrators stopped by to share their expertise with us. ICYMI, here are the links to each of their posts, which all include giveaways of their books and more!

2017 SOLSC Prize Winners

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Are you ready? It’s the 2017 March SOLSC prize winners!

SOLSC Participant Pledge

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Congratulations!  You have completed the 10th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge.  You have already reaped the benefits of this challenge: you have developed a daily writing habit, you have become a valued… Continue reading

A Challenge for First-Time Slicers

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If this is your first time participating in the SOLSC, then this weekend challenge is for you!