Category Archive: play

Writing in Choice Time: Not Just a Center

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Writing is not limited to a center choice during play. It is a part of all centers! Read this post to find out how to invite different kinds of writing at the most engaging time of day.

Warming up with grammar games

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Before my daughter plays a soccer game or scrimmages, her team goes through several warm-up exercises. Watching the go through the motions, I’m impressed that they all seem to enjoy the warm-ups, and they also can explain the purpose of them.

It has helped me to think of these grammar games as the girls think of their soccer warm-ups. They’re quick, they’re fun, and they’re relevant to writing.

A Few Games to Inspire Writing Lives

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Here are a few writing games that can add fun and play to learning!

Poetry Begins with Play

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Learning to play with words is an important step for young writers who are learning to create poems.

Vocabulary Ideas From NCTE

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Already, NCTE seems like a long time ago. However, as I reread my notes and think about some of the lasting learning, I have more to share! Vocabulary Matters was a great session!

Incorporating Play-Based Learning in Writing Workshop at any Age- Part of #TWTblog Throwback Week

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I am honored to share Beth’s post today on Incorporating Play-Based Learning in Writing Workshop. We need to bring the joy back to our teaching, and Beth’s post is a roadmap to get started.

Incorporating Play-Based Learning in Writing Workshop at any Age: Starting With What Matters Most

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Before you embark on the adventure that is your school year, you will want to consider: How will you fuel your teaching? What is it that inspires you? Why do you come to work each day?

Purposeful Play: A Review and a Giveaway

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In the new book Purposeful Play: A Teachers Guide to Igniting Deep & Joyful Learning Across the Day, Kristine Mraz, Alison Porcelli, and Cheryl Tyler have laid out the research and practical advice that many of us have been looking for.

Beth’s One Little Word for 2016

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Play is at the top of my list for 2016, and I want to shout it from the rooftops. Pitting play against literacy is a false dichotomy. It’s not either/or. The way to teach literacy is to provide time for kids to play, talk, dance and sing their little hearts out!

Turn off screens and LIVE life.

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Screen-Free Week goes from 4/29-5/5. While it might seem drastic and unfeasible to completely unplug, think about what steps you can take to be less connected next week.

Boys and Girls Playing Together + Book Giveaways

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I recently read Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture (2011) by Peggy Orenstein.  While hospitals don’t hand out manuals to parents who leave with a… Continue reading