Category Archive: publishing

Ten Possible Minutes: Sacred Writing

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Every year brings with it new surprises. I was delightfully surprised by just ten minutes this year. Ten minutes made a big difference.

How To Send Student Writing Home With Intent

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The way we send student writing home sends big messages to families and writers.

Overcoming Anxiety About Displaying Student Writing

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You see the beauty in your kids’ work: every misspelled word, every cross-out, every taped-on flap. You know that all that “messiness” is evidence of good work that kids are doing. Hard work. 

But outside your classroom, the rest of the world might not see it that way.

My One Piece of Advice

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“If you were going to give just one piece of advice to a colleague who is just starting out with writing workshop, what would it be?”

As a literacy coach and consultant, this is a question that I have been asked again and again… and again.

And each time my answer is the same.

Embracing Rejection: It’s All in the Attitude

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The last time I had a story rejected, I’ll admit I was disappointed…for about two minutes. Then I rejected the negative feelings and sent the story to a different publisher…

Writing Celebrations…But Why?

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With all the pressures imposed by a segmented, unforgiving middle school schedule, why make time for writing celebrations? Are they really that important? Yes!

We Are The Authors: Publishing Decisions

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When it’s time to publish, the classroom teacher has many decisions to consider!

Planning Ahead for Publishing

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Third grade was my favorite year of school. We had the best teacher ever. We sang songs and poems that I still remember to this day (Cumalada cumalada cumalada vista!). For math, we… Continue reading

An Eraser-Free Workshop and the Language We Use for Talking About It

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When I visit a classroom, one of the first things I often say to kids is, “Today, please don’t erase. I want to see ALL the great work you are doing as a writer. When you erase, your work disappears!” Often, this is what kids are accustomed to and they continue working away. But sometimes, kids stare at me as if I’ve got two heads.

From Library Desk to Library Shelf: My 10-Year Path to Publication

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We’re delighted to have Augusta Scattergood kicking-off our new Author Spotlight Blog Series.

Songs for Celebrating Writing

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A quick list of some favorite songs for writing celebrations, to brighten your day!

Work Smarter: How To Wrap Up A Unit of Study

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This week my colleagues and I are writing posts that we hope will make your life a little easier. We’re sharing some ways to work smarter, not harder.

Get Out Your Calendars! It’s June Planning Time!

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If we do nothing else, we do this one thing…Read this post to find out what it is!

Independent Writing: 10 Ways to Get Students Published in the Real World

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Some students want to write more than what is required of them in writing workshop. Enter independent writing projects! But how do you go from being another set of eyes on some additional writing a student does to helping him/her go public with their work?

Does “Published” Need to be “Perfect?”

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There’s a reason for second and third editions of really great books–a writer’s work is never done, and is certainly never, ever perfect.

Bring the Writing Celebration to Them!

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Many parents, guardians, and extended family members cannot leave work to attend writing celebrations. Here are some ideas to bring your next publishing party into the community where you teach OR to make them virtual celebrations.

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR: PUBLISHING PARTIES

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Beth Moore offers a collection of ten publishing party ideas you can use to celebrate your students’ writing.

Wow. Just Wow.

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Awhile ago I was a 7th grade language arts teacher. My last year in the classroom I had one of the coolest classes that may have ever been compiled. It was the last… Continue reading

Celebrating Versus Publishing

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I’ve been percolating some ideas for the Celebrating Writers book Christi Overman and I are working on and expect to have out later this year with Stenhouse. We pretty much had it drafted,… Continue reading

Write –> Publish –> Touch Other People’s Lives

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Annie Campbell, some of whom you know from the “Write Now In Room 204” Blog is a master third grade teacher.  I met Annie at the TCRWP Summer Writing Institute in 2008.  We… Continue reading