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Thoughtful Third Grader: Building Relationships Through Writing

Making some time and space in the day to celebrate a student each week has enriched my class as readers, writers, and human beings. How do you use writing to lift up the students in your class? 

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Write Them Back!

Do you receive letters from your students at the start of the year? Do you write them back? In what ways do you get to know new students? How do you keep track of the information and use it as a guide for helping your writers grow?

end of year reflection · letter writing · Looking Back and Moving Forward Blog Series · reflections · Reflective Practice

End-of-Year Letters: Looking Back and Moving Forward

Sometimes it's the feedback our students -- rather than our administrators -- give us that help us become better teachers.

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Two New Mentor Texts I Adore + Book Giveaways

I've always been a diary and letter person.  I have loads of journals from my childhood and post-college years.  To this day, I relish letters I saved from my childhood since they're a permanent reminder of a time in my life.  In these days of e-mail, texts, and Tweets, correspondence and journals can be savored.… Continue reading Two New Mentor Texts I Adore + Book Giveaways

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The Day the Crayons Quit + a Giveaway

You can use The Day the Crayons Quit as a mentor text to teach everything from personification to persuasive letter writing. Find out how to use this text with your students. Also, leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of this book for your classroom library.

letter writing · mentor texts · persuasive writing

A Persuasive Touchstone Text

Karen Kaufman Orloff wrote I Wanna Iguana, which quickly became one of my favorite texts to use with my students to teach voice in persuasive letter writing.  She's out with a new book, I Wanna New Room, which can be added to my growing list of touchstone texts for a persuasive unit. If you're familiar… Continue reading A Persuasive Touchstone Text

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“The Lost Art” of Letter Writing

I was recently talking with a friend whose daughter was spending the summer at sleep away camp.  I was curious about how she was going to communicate with her since e-mail and texting are so prevalent.  She told me her daughter wasn't allowed to bring a smart phone and that the computer lab wasn't open… Continue reading “The Lost Art” of Letter Writing

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Writing Letters of Gratitude

Ruth wrote about gratitude yesterday.  Besides getting me thinking of all of the things I'm thankful for, it got me thinking about all of the people who we don't thank enough in our lives.  I'm not talking about our parents (though we should thank them often!), but rather all of the people around schools who… Continue reading Writing Letters of Gratitude