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Ways to Teach Conventions: Our Favorite Things

Writing involves the integration of so many skills and cognitive processing that it’s understandable when conventions don't show up! Here are some ideas that I hope you can use in your instruction right as the year starts-- and then any time thereafter. 

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My Conferring Toolkit: Our Favorite Things Blog Series

In this post, I'll share everything that's inside my conferring toolkit for writing workshop, as well as how I organize it all.

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Top Three Predictable, Beginning of Year Conferences: Our Favorite Things

My favorite conferences are all closely connected to my beliefs about writing instruction. The teaching points in each conference are ideas I want to be front and center for kids as we co-construct the workshop and community we will live and play in over the coming months (at any grade level). 

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Entry Points to Get Students Writing in Their Writer’s Notebook: Our Favorite Things

It takes more than a new writer's notebook and preferred writing utensils to get kids writing! Teaching students a variety of strategies to generate writing in their notebooks is helpful if we want them to view their writer's notebooks as both a workbench and a playground.

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Creating Community: Our Favorite Things

One of my favorite things about writing workshop is building a strong community of learners. Today's post highlights some of my favorite ways to create community in my third grade class. How do you define community? How do you build community in your writing workshop? Be sure to leave a comment for the chance to win the giveaway!

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Leveraging Grade Level Changes: Our Favorite Things

Each year brings new challenges, new students, and sometimes a new grade level. No matter where our teaching careers take us, we often have tried and true favorite things that stick. Those best things from one group of writers can impact the adventure with your new age-group!

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An Overview of “Our Favorite Things” Blog Series

The Two Writing Teachers co-author team returns this week with a blog series we hope you’ll find affirming and inspiring. We want to bring you back to the things we love most about the workshop model. Read more to learn about our upcoming blog series and the giveaway, which is being donated by Heinemann.