Category Archive: ralph fletcher

Nightly Writing: Homework and the Writing Workshop

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Four ways to encourage students to write after the school day is finished WITHOUT assigning writing as homework.

Putting the Large Stones In First: A September Check-In

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Nervously lowering myself into a chair, I scooted myself closer to the table.  Around me sat three new colleagues.  My new 7th grade teaching team.  Having moved from my familiar home in small-town… Continue reading

What Do Teachers Do All Summer?

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Summer is the opportunity to sit back, hit reset and plan how I will improve for next year.  I like to use my extra hours of summer considering my past teaching practices and think about what worked and what I wish had gone differently.  

A Writing Greenbelt + a Giveaway

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I’ve known Joy Write, Ralph Fletcher’s latest book that debuts today, was coming for awhile since he interviewed me about the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge, which he writes about in one of the book’s chapters. But when I had the opportunity to read his new book in its entirety, I was amazed by the possibilities I saw Ralph present to transform young writers’ attitudes towards writing through low-stakes writing.

The Freedom To Create

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More and more, I’ve been recognizing the need to give students some freedom in their writing lives. Can independent writing time be the answer?

Exploratory Notebooks

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Beginning to think about Exploratory Notebooks and easing into a research writing unit.

Putting the Exploratory Notebook into practice…with thanks to Ralph Fletcher

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Putting the Exploratory Notebook into practice…

Writing Lessons Inspired by Guy Fieri

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We can teach students about improving their writing process and to write with detail and voice by watching Guy Fieri on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”

Learning From Ralph Fletcher: Teaching Authentic Information Writing

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Two weekends ago, thanks to Bonnie Kaplan and the Hudson Valley Writing Project, I had the great pleasure of attending Ralph Fletcher’s presentation: “Making Nonfiction from Scratch: How Can We Give Students the Time, the Tools, and the Vision They Need in Order to Create Authentic Information Writing?” I knew it would be a great morning of learning …

Supporting Boy Writers: An Interview with Ralph Fletcher

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Have you ever banned a topic from your writing workshop? If you have, you’re not alone…but you may want to think twice about that policy.

How has your instruction been impacted by being a Writer?

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In addition to the link you leave to your slice today, would you mind sharing how teaching writing workshop is better when you’re a teacher who is also a Writer?

Good News for Late Starters #slice2013

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If you start the adult challenge no later than Monday, March 4th and properly link your slice of life stories to the daily call for slice of life stories through March 31st, then you will be eligible to win a copy of What a Writer Needs, Second Edition.

Guy-Write: Chatting About Male Writers with Ralph Fletcher

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Anyone who has ever read Ralph Fletcher’s books for young writers (e.g., A Writer’s Notebook, How Writers Work, Live Writing), will find his newest book, Guy-Write: What Every Gut Writer Needs to Know… Continue reading

And the Winner of Mentor Author, Mentor Texts is…

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A record number of people left comments about Ralph Fletcher and his new book Mentor Author, Mentor Texts: Short Texts, Craft Notes, and Practical Classroom Uses (Heinemann, 2011).  A special thank you to… Continue reading

New Thinking About Mentor Texts + a Giveaway

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I was recently offered a position as an adjunct professor starting in 2012.  I will be teaching a graduate course about using children’s literature to teach writing.  As I prepare to teach this… Continue reading

Best Practices and Tests CAN Go Together

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This week’s guest blog post is written by Lynnelle Snowbarger who is in her tenth year of teaching fifth grade in the Jenks Public Schools.  A frequent participant in the Slice of Life… Continue reading

Boy Writers: A Guest Blog Post by Caroline Gonzalez

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Caroline Gonzalez began her teaching career in New York City.  During her 15 years in New York, she taught K, 1, 2, Transitional Bilingual, and Reading Recovery.  She has completed her fifth year… Continue reading

Words of Wisdom from Fletcher

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I was rereading A Writer’s Notebook: Unlocking the Writer Within You for pearls of wisdom to lend to one of the reluctant writers in my classroom this evening. Here are some of those… Continue reading

Stop & Look Around You: THAT’S WHAT WRITERS DO!

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I attended the Teachers College Summer Institute on the Teaching of Writing last week. I’ll be blogging about it A LOT in the days (probably weeks, since I have about 100 pages of… Continue reading

Ralph Fletcher on Memoir

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I had the privilege of hearing Ralph Fletcher speak about writing memoir today. He said a few things that resonated with me about why we write memoir and about how to create memorable… Continue reading