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Classroom SOLSC: Blogging Strong in Week 2

We are heading into our second week of blogging in the Classroom SOLSC during extraordinary times. Please let us know in the comments how we can best support you and your students at this time.

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Focus Lessons: A Review and Giveaway!

Reading Ralph Fletcher's newest book, Focus Lessons, revealed memories of my childhood much the way photos can be revealed in a pan of solution. Slowly, vividly, and magically.

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(Writing) Life Imitates Art: Finding Inspiration in Ralph Fletcher’s Instagram

The creative lives we maintain outside of writing fill us up as humans with stories to tell. When we bring this life into the writing workshop, it builds community, and it lays the foundation for lifelong writers who have strategies for sustaining their own writing lives.

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Finding Your Voice, Telling Your Story

In what ways have you pushed yourself to try a new type of writing or to share your ideas in a public way? In July, I pushed myself to write a keynote speech and learned lessons along the way.

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Nightly Writing: Homework and the Writing Workshop

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

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

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 Oregon to a strange and exciting new land called New England, I wasn't sure quite what to expect.  Our team leader, a… Continue reading Putting the Large Stones In First: A September Check-In

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What Do Teachers Do All Summer?

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.  

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A Writing Greenbelt + a Giveaway

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.