summer vacation

End the Year with a Comma: Building Excitement for Summer Writing

The last days of school don’t only have to be about closure. What if we treat the end a little more like the beginning of the year, building writing excitement instead of winding down? What if we plant the seed of being a writer both in and out of school?

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A Moment to Inspire Summer Writing

Consider this an invitation. An invitation to seek out the magic happening in your own environment. An invitation to fuel your writing life with small moments that help you to appreciate all that is worth writing about. An invitation to encourage a young writer (or a group of young writers) to do the same. 

blogging · slice of life · summer vacation

2020 June/July Vacation

As this historic school year comes to a close, the TWT team is taking a break through the rest of June and July. We will return on August 2nd. Of course, we will still be here each Tuesday for Slice of Life through June and July and we look forward to connecting through stories.

COVID-19 · independence · independent writing · summer vacation

Reimagine Tools for Summertime Writing

Many of us will be satisfied if kids choose to JUST WRITE this summer. However, for the students who are ready to do more than just write, we can provide them with a nudge to transform tools they’ve leaned on during the school year so they can become updated tools for at-home, independent use this summer.

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Some Summer Writing Motivation

The idea of creating anything at all that motivates children to continue learning and developing themselves as writers has kept me awake over the last few nights. And after a conversation with a few VERY trusted colleagues, I'm thinking sleep is going to be intermittent tonight, too. (Why can't I just turn off?) I know… Continue reading Some Summer Writing Motivation

coaching · collaborative planning · curriculum planning · june planning · literacy coaches · plan · summer vacation

Literacy Coaches: Thinking Ahead to May & June — Already?!

Here are three things I'm working on, right now, in the first week of February.

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Summer Notebook: A Worthy Mission

As teachers, most of us view summer as a much-needed period for decompression and recharging.  But as teachers of writing, there are likely several  of us who see summertime as a valuable opportunity to prepare.  One thing I plan to do is purchase a summer notebook...

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Six REAL Purposes For Kids to Write This Summer and Beyond

We do all we can to keep kids writing over summer. But are we assigning tasks and busywork, or actually enriching their writerly lives?

I've created a tool to share with families and students of all ages to inspire writing for REAL purposes this summer and beyond.

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July Blogging Break

Ah, summer vacation! Time to exhale, reboot, and recharge. At Two Writing Teachers, we are taking a short blogging break for the month of July. We will be spending time with our families, reading, writing, reflecting, and, of course, planning new blog posts to share with you as we get ready to start a new school year.