Category Archive: writers

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

Gardens of Young Writers

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Teaching writing is a lot like gardening. It requires constant attention.

Step into a biography with an author-illustrator team + a giveaway

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Every now and then a book comes along I want to tell everyone about. When I say everyone, I mean blog readers, my family, friends, teachers with whom I consult, and other parents.… Continue reading

The Secret Ingredient to Creating Engaged Writers

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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 thoughts about engagement… Continue reading

GUEST BLOG POST: Needing To Take Care of The Nice Students, Too

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A NOTE FROM STACEY: “Nice” children are often overlooked in the classroom because they go with the flow. I’ll admit, I was one of those teachers who often sacrificed a conference with one… Continue reading

Modifications – Pilates & Writing Series: Part 1 of 5

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I began working with one-on-one with a Pilates instructor in August 2008, just 15 months after I had an artificial cervical disk replacement in my neck.  In an effort to regain the strength… Continue reading

Writers Don’t Retire

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Tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick. Andy Rooney made his final (regular) appearance on “60 Minutes” tonight.  It was one of many times I tuned-in to this icon over the past… Continue reading

A Good Enough Gift

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“A pen is better than glasses as a tool for seeing.” –Lucy Calkins, Keynote Address, July Writing Institute, 6/27/11 I walked into the Levien Gymnasium yesterday morning and was greeted warmly by Tisha,… Continue reading

TEACHERS of Writers

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Thank you to everyone who left a note about the {Discover. Play. Build.} posts. I’m thrilled that you are feeling inspired and excited to pursue a writing adventure during the summer. I’m excited… Continue reading

Nurturing & Nudging Independence

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Last weekend at NCTE, I had the pleasure of attending a session co-led by Patrick Allen, author of Conferring: The Keystone of Reader’s Workshop.  Patrick shared  some questions that he and one of… Continue reading

(Writing) Center Time for Older Students

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Whenever I used to hear the words “Center Time” I immediately thought about early childhood classrooms.  However, that notion changed in 2008 when I created a Poetry Station for my fourth graders.  The… Continue reading

Purpose, Process, & Craft with Carl Anderson

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Carl Anderson (aka: The Conferring Guy) has not only listened to the Beatles’ music; he has studied it.  He has determined by the Beatles wrote particular songs, how they wrote them, and what… 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

What about the kid who ______?

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Katherine Bomer never disappoints when she delivers a keynote address or a workshop.  I cannot count how many times I’ve been fortunate enough to sit in the audience and soak up the wonderful… Continue reading

An Interview with the Author of The Cupcake Queen

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Heather Hepler, author of The Cupcake Queen, was kind enough to answer a few questions for me about her new young adult novel, which I enjoyed reading not only for its storyline, but… Continue reading

Gimmicks Versus Authentic Experiences

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Have you read the comments from this post?  They were a luxury for me this weekend and so very good for my soul.  A special public thank you to all those who left… Continue reading

It’s Saturday.

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I think Saturday is reason enough to celebrate here at Two Writing Teachers. On Wednesday, Ashley left this comment: I have had a lot of false starts getting the writing workshop started. My students… Continue reading

Believing In Them…

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I’ve been going back-and-forth over e-mail with one of my former fourth graders for the past week.  She started sixth grade last week — middle school.  I can hardly believe she has a… Continue reading

What Should A Child Write About Over the Summer?

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Annie tackled a question many parents ask teachers at the end of the school year yesterday on her blog.  Here’s an excerpt of her post, which she has authorized me to reprint in… Continue reading

Feedback in Writing Circle

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During today’s Writing Circle Luncheon, I had two of my students share a piece of writing they did this week that they were pleased with and on which they wanted feedback.  I wanted… Continue reading