Category Archive: teacher of writing

Writing Takes Guts: My Writing Backstory

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The realization of this moment gave me chills and led me to share my writing backstory with Dana. Dana listened and encouraged me to open my presentation with this story. I was hesitant, the experience had halted my inner writer for years. What if sharing it again had the same result?

Should Educators Be Writers?

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Is it important that teachers who teach writing actually write?

Teacher-Written Mentor Texts: Diving into Information Writing

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I’ve long believed teacher-written texts can serve as excellent mentor texts during a unit of study. While I’m a huge advocate of student-written mentor texts, sometimes student writing doesn’t have everything we need… Continue reading

What Will You Write This Summer?

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Glue your butt to the chair, every day, or at least once a week, and you will not only become a better writer–you’ll become a better teacher of writing.

Throwback Week: I Do. We Do. You Do.

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This week, we’ve been re-posting our favorite old posts. I always learn a ton from my friend and co-blogger Stacey Shubitz. This post of hers, from one year ago, is one that I just loved.

“Write Beside Them,” said Penny Kittle. And so I did…

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After reading Write Beside Them, Tara Smith realized she had to connect her teacher and writer identities. No longer would it be enough to share mentor texts and confer. She realized she needed to share her writing life with her students and walk them through her thinking as she wrote.

Family Writing Night

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Cultivate home-school partnerships around writing by hosting a family writing night this fall.

A New Way To Learn About Teaching Writing

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It is the writer who might catch the imagination of young people, and plant a seed that will flower and come to fruition.
 – Isaac Asimov I began a writer’s group last year at… Continue reading

A Dozen Book Recommendations for New Writing Teachers

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With so many fantastic books about the teaching of writing out there, how do teachers who are new to writing workshop know what to read first? Here are 12 books I think all teachers of writing should read.

Thank You

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I’m overwhelmed (in a good way) with the flood of responses to the question I posed on Tuesday.  Thank you for responding with such thought about the way your writing instruction has been… Continue reading

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?

A Little Writing Love

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As an instructional coach, a key part of my job is to encourage and inspire teachers. This is one of my favorite things about my job. It isn’t easy to be the person… Continue reading

GUEST BLOG POST: How Can I Be A Teacher of Writers?

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Deb Day has been teaching English and reading classes in northeast Iowa since 1989. In her current position she teaches speech, creative writing , ninth grade English, and coaches contest speech. She is… Continue reading

Be a writer. It matters.

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Today I met with a teacher who said these words to me: I don’t like writing. I really don’t like writing. Give me math all day long every day and I’m happy, but… Continue reading

Facebook Event – Day 4

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Our Stenhouse Facebook Event continues today.  Today’s downloadable, printable writing tip is entitled “Organizing Teacher-Written Mentor Texts.”  This tip will help you create a system, using hard copies or electronic files, for organizing… Continue reading

Confessions of a Lurking Writer: A Guest Blog Post by Kristine Michael

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Kristine Michael taught fourth grade for fifteen years before becoming the Curriculum Director for Granville Exempted Village Schools in Ohio.  Kristine is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher in middle childhood who loves talking… Continue reading

Ranting & Writing

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My afternoon session, “Writing from the Heart: Finding Your True Voice,” at the TCRWP Writing Institute was taught by James Howe (aka: Jim).  During the course of the week Jim provided us with… Continue reading

The Fun of Hard Work: A Guest Blog Post by Jen Munnerlyn

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Jen Munnerlyn is a teacher, literacy coach, and international educator. Her family has been working in international education for 30 years beginning with her parents first overseas teaching assignment in American Samoa in… Continue reading

The Power of the Parts

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I’m slowly making my way through the keynote addresses from last week’s Writing Institute.  Today I bring to you my notes and some highlights from Roy Peter Clark’s speech, “The Power of the… Continue reading

Bringing Our Strange Selves to the Page

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Day One of the TCRWP Writing Institute.  I listened to Lucy Calkins’s Keynote Address entitled “Great Expectations.”  I attended my first morning session, “We Do Not Teach Alone: Using Reading/Writing Connections to Lift… Continue reading