Category Archive: Write: It’s good for you!

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?

Writer’s Notebooks

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Last week I had a conversation with a middle school teacher who has spent her summer studying writing workshop and is excited to make writer’s notebooks the backbone of her writing instruction. This… Continue reading

#allwrite13 Online Connections Dinner

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Since Ramona asked and she traveled all the way from Seattle, I honored her request. We went around the room and introduced ourselves. It was a big dinner party — 33 people in… Continue reading

Just Write.

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I hope you are taking the summer to just write. Life is too short not to write. I’ve been percolating today’s blog post and planned to write it this afternoon. However, plans changed,… Continue reading

If you’re gonna write…

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Today was the first day of summer vacation at home. I spent the day writing. First working on my latest project and then working on my keynote. Now I have Celebrating Writers queued… Continue reading

Friday Favorites

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Kings Island — We celebrated the first day of summer vacation yesterday. It was crazy-chaos to get out of the door after my last day of school. On Wednesday, my last day of… Continue reading

Writing Matters

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Today Deb Gaby and I finished leading the third day of a three-day Foundations of Writing Workshop training. At the end, we asked for reflections. Teacher after teacher commented on the impact of… Continue reading

Trusting Myself

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Expectations of common core, teacher evaluation, and what it means to be literate in the 21st century can sometimes pile up and overwhelm me.  There is so much new information coming at me… Continue reading

slice#2013: 16 of 31

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  Looking forward to reading your slices today. WRITE. Each day in March write a slice on your own blog. SHARE. Link your post here (using the SAME username each day) before the… Continue reading

#slice2013: 15 of 31

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“Write about what makes you different.” Sandra Cisneros   WRITE. Each day in March write a slice on your own blog. SHARE. Link your post here (using the SAME username each day) before… Continue reading

#slice2013: 14 of 31

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“Everybody–even monsters–needed a little attention once in a while.”  ― Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief {Care} WRITE. Each day in March write a slice on your own blog. SHARE. Link your post here (using the… Continue reading

#slice2013: 13 of 31

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Another Commenting Challenge! Please take the time to read and comment on CLASSROOM slices. There are several young slicers joining the challenge to write for a month. Hope on over to the Classroom… Continue reading

#slice2013: 12 of 31

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“I love the way that each book — any book — is its own journey. You open it, and off you go. You are changed in some way, large or small, by having… Continue reading

#slice2013: 11 of 31

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Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. — Harriet Tubman {Dream}… Continue reading

#slice2013: 10 of 31

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“Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance.”  ― Samuel Johnson {Persevere} WRITE. Each day in March write a slice on your own blog. SHARE. Link your post here (using the SAME… Continue reading

#slice2013: 9 of 31

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  MID-MONTH GIVEAWAY! Keep track of the number of blogs you comment on between yesterday and today. Then go here to report your number. The person who comments the most will win a copy of Interactive Modeling by… Continue reading

#slice2013: 8 of 31

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Everyone has a story that makes me stronger. I know that the work I do is important and I enjoy it, but it is nice to hear the feedback of what we do… Continue reading

#slice2013: 7 of 31

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“I do not want to pass the time. I want to grab hold of it and leave my mark upon the world.”  ― Libba Bray, The Sweet Far Thing {Time} USERNAME UPDATE: It is only… Continue reading

#slice 2013: 6 of 31

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ATTENTION SLICERS! IMPORTANT MESSAGE! ATTENTION SLICERS! IMPORTANT MESSAGE! ATTENTION SLICERS! IMPORTANT MESSAGE! Please please please use the SAME username each time you leave a comment. Christy Rush-Levine is tracking every slicer every day for… Continue reading

#slice2013: 5 of 31

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“Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the… Continue reading