How do we teach kids (and ourselves) to unplug from media in an effort to interact with others, not just screens?
Screen-Free Week goes from 4/29-5/5. While it might seem drastic and unfeasible to completely unplug, think about what steps you can take to be less connected next week.
If you’re in an elementary school, you’ve inevitably had discussion with parents about handwriting. My policy for writer’s notebooks was always, “As long as I can read it, it’s neat … Continue Reading The Handwriting Part of Writing
Knowing when to be present helps me think about being more intentional when dividing my time between technology and the people in my life.
A couple weeks ago it came to my attention that one of our readers wasn’t seeing Two Writing Teachers pop up in her Facebook News Feed. That prompted me to … Continue Reading Having trouble seeing TWT Facebook posts?
I was searching for something in our blog’s archives when I came across a video Ruth and I made about Bubbl.us, an online brainstorming tool, nearly four years ago. (Click … Continue Reading What kinds of online technology are you using in writing workshop?
I learned about digital text bins when I took Maggie Beattie Roberts’s session “Tap the Power of Technology and Media to Teach Higher Level Comprehension” at this past summer’s Reading … Continue Reading Digital Text Bins
I’ve been thinking about student engagement in writing workshop for the past couple of weeks. I started thinking about it as I was reading Guy-Write, Ralph Fletcher’s new book. My … Continue Reading The Secret Ingredient to Creating Engaged Writers
We’ve been researching in Keith Bollman’s 5th grade class. Because Keith and I have been working together for years, I know he will let me play a little in writing … Continue Reading Another Kind of Share
This is great. We’re going to play it this afternoon with the class. Popcorn, apple juice, and a movie to celebrate our work in poetry. Please watch the first minute, … Continue Reading Kindergarten Poetry Celebration
A Note from Stacey: A little over a year ago Amy Platt, who is a sixth grade teacher at Melissa Ridge Intermediate School in Melissa, Texas, contacted me with a … Continue Reading Digital Conferring Notebook
Last month I finally got of my cell phone that didn’t have a qwerty keyboard and upgraded to an iPhone 4S. It took me awhile to convert to an iPhone … Continue Reading Siri
The more things change, the more they stay the same. –Alphonse Karr Last Saturday my cousin got Bar Mitzvahed in New York. I tacked-on a few extra days to my … Continue Reading A Special Visit
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 … Continue Reading QR Codes
One of the fantastic sessions I attended at NCTE was called “Beyond Classroom Walls: Honoring Voices of Young Readers.” It was led by Julie Johnson of Raising Readers and Writers, … Continue Reading Beyond Classroom Walls
There are two articles that have been published in The New York Times in the past week that are worth reading if you teach or have young children. (1) A … Continue Reading Technology Articles from The NY Times