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Incorporating Play-Based Learning in Writing Workshop at any Age- Part of #TWTblog Throwback Week

I am honored to share Beth's post today on Incorporating Play-Based Learning in Writing Workshop. We need to bring the joy back to our teaching, and Beth's post is a roadmap to get started.

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

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

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Writing in Preschool — Part of #TWTBlog’s Throwback Week

Betsy Hubbard wrote a series of posts on writing in preschool last year. Her preschool series was not only informative about the ways to teach writing to three- and four-year-olds, but it conveyed a deep and genuine respect for our youngest learners. Let's take a look back at what Betsy had to say about these emerging writers.

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Notes from the TCRWP workshop with Carl Anderson: Writing With Mentor Texts — Part of #TWTBlog’s Throwback Week

It is Throwback Week on Two Writing Teachers! Revisit this post from Tara on analyzing mentor texts in your classroom.

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Let's check in on a moment in Tara's class from early November of last year as she shares connections between reading and writing workshop.

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Throwback Week: Student Self-Assessment: Introducing the Writing Checklist

Back in October, Tara introduced us to her checklist process with students. What I love about this post is that Tara doesn't have students use a checklist merely for the purpose of checking off completed tasks, but they are a tool for students to improve and monitor their progress within their writing. She explains how… Continue reading Throwback Week: Student Self-Assessment: Introducing the Writing Checklist

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Nurturing independence in writing workshop is one of the hardest things to do,  and one of the tasks I struggle with the most.  Betsy's post from last May, "How you pull away? Let go of their hand", is a beautiful guide to doing just this - in the primary grades, as well as in middle school. *********************** Letting… Continue reading THROWBACK WEEK: HOW DO YOU PULL AWAY? LET GO OF THEIR HAND

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Throwback Week: How To Read A Unit of Study

Learn some tricks for reading the Units of Study, whether you're new to the units or have been using them for many years.

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Throwback Week: A Peek Inside Dana’s Writer’s Notebook

    This week on Two Writing Teachers, we each chose another co-author's previously published post to feature as part of our very own Throwback Week. I am kicking it off, with a great one, originally posted by Dana. Enjoy! Winter break is coming soon, replete with its promise of snowy days spent sledding down hills or… Continue reading Throwback Week: A Peek Inside Dana’s Writer’s Notebook