Category Archive: Teachers who write

A Teacher’s Plan to Keep Writing Going in the Summer

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Find your purpose. Find your crew. Find your sunrise. Write.

Showing Not Telling: Demonstrations Matter

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We’ve all likely taught ‘show, don’t tell’ lessons in our narrative units. But showing not telling can have instructional meaning, as well…

Straight From Students: Why Teachers Should Write: Part Of #TWTBLOG’S Throwback Week

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Melanie asked the students, “What makes you feel like a writer?” Read the voices from the classroom. YOUR writing matters to YOUR students.

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?

So You Say You’re Not a Writer

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Take a sneak peek at our NCTE presentation. We hope to see you there!

Nurturing Our Writing Lives: 5 Ways to Keep Writing

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How can we nurture our own writing lives once the school year begins? 5 ways to help us keep writing.

Straight From Students: Why Teachers Should Write

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During the last week of school, I met with a group of fourth graders to have an end of the year reflective conversation. We can learn so much about what to do throughout… Continue reading

Summer Writing Bucket List

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What’s on your summer writing bucket list? You don’t need to have a novel hiding in your desk drawer to call yourself a writer. All the small things add up. If you don’t have a list going already, here’s a little inspiration for Summer 2016.

Classroom Takeaways from #NJSCBWI16

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Sharing some highlights from the New Jersey Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Annual Conference, which took place this past weekend.

Create Your Own Text: Teaching Writing with Mentor Texts

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Use a teacher-written mentor text for your next unit of study

Educators as Writers: A Follow-Up Conversation

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Should educators be writers? The conversation continues! We welcome your voice and ideas on how we can spread the word that when educators write, students grow as writers!

Should Educators Be Writers?

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Is it important that teachers who teach writing actually write?

What should I teach next?

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There are a few weeks left in the school year. Here are some tips for working through the If… Then… books if you’d like to plan your own unit of study.

Using Your Own Writing as a Teaching Tool

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It seems appropriate that today’s post should be related to using your own writing in the classroom. We are, after all, in the midst of the March Slice of Life Story Challenge. And what… Continue reading

Awaken the Writer Inside of You

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I first heard of the “Heart Map” in 2003 from Nancie Atwell at Walloon Institute in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. I remember thinking it was genius. Then a year later I read the book,… Continue reading

Be a Teacher Who Writes Poetry

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Need some inspiration? Try writing a poem today using one of these tips for getting started!