curriculum · resource · writing workshop

Finding a Way: Bridging the Known with a New Resource.

When I listen to what teachers are saying about our new writing curriculum, I am confident we will find our way through. Indeed, they already are.

classroom · resource · Slice of Life Story Challenge

Classroom Resources for the SOLSC

If you're leading a Slice of Life Story Challenge in your classroom in March (or any month for that matter), there are a few things you might want to have. First, you'll want to track your students' writing with some kind of record keeping form. When I led the Challenge in my classroom, I used… Continue reading Classroom Resources for the SOLSC

reflections · reflective practice · research · resource · technology · Web 2.0

QR Codes

My kids are junkies when it comes to QR Codes. They love spotting them. They are addicted to the thrill of scanning. They like the possibility of where the QR Code might take them. Today in the Tech Workshop (which should be renamed to Taking Time to Tackle Technology), we talked a little about QR… Continue reading QR Codes

illustrations · primary grades · research · resource · video


Words + pictures have always intrigued me. As a scrapbooker I use words + pictures to document life. As a blogger, I know when an image is included it always impacts me more. (I've been thinking of making this a goal --- to include more images in my posts.) As a teacher I'm well aware… Continue reading Infographics

NCTE · resource · social networking · Web 2.0

Make Writing Workshop Work Better

I will be consulting with a couple of teachers next month who have questions about how to make Writing Workshop work better for their special needs students.  One teacher has a student with Asperger's Syndrome, while the other teacher has students with other learning disabilities.  Since I've never taught a student diagnosed with Asperger's, I've… Continue reading Make Writing Workshop Work Better

classroom signage · first day · resource · responsive classroom · work space

Professional Talk: The Walls of Your Classroom

Each week I receive, The Big Fresh, an e-newsletter from Choice Literacy.  This week's feature is entitled "There's Room for Me Here." As I began reading through the article, it resonated with the Responsive Classroom Training I received three summers ago.  Essentially, the bottom line is to make your classroom feel welcoming for your students,… Continue reading Professional Talk: The Walls of Your Classroom


Updating Our Website

Have you been to the Two Writing Teachers Website yet?  If so, you'll have noticed that it's a place where we have some resources for quite a few units of study.  However, during the school year, things got hectic, and neither of us managed to update the companion to our blog very much!  Therefore, I… Continue reading Updating Our Website

publishing · resource

Paper: A Resource

I couldn't locate the dark lines my students used to use underneath white paper when they started publishing their persuasive letters today. Therefore, I did a Google Search to find some. I didn't get exactly what I wanted, but I came pretty close when I went to This site is an excellent resource for… Continue reading Paper: A Resource

Davis and Hill · Pat Werner · personal narrative · publishing · reflections · resource

Publishing Personal Narratives

Student Reflection Sheet for Personal Narratives Originally uploaded by teachergal I updated the Personal Narrative Page on the Two Writing Teachers Website to include a student reflection sheet and an in-depth comment sheet that my students will be putting in their personal narrative portfolios when they get ready for this Tuesday's Publishing Party. I hope… Continue reading Publishing Personal Narratives

conferring · mentor texts · personal narrative · reading-writing connections · resource · writing workshop

Those Shoes: The Mentor Text Teaching Document

I worked on the Reading-Writing Connections Document for Those Shoes until 12:30 a.m. Here are two examples of the way I set it up: Craft MovePage Number(s)Why the Author Might Be Doing This…Varied Sentence LengthsPgs. 2, 15 & 30One thing writers do is vary the lengths of their sentences when they write. If an author… Continue reading Those Shoes: The Mentor Text Teaching Document