Category Archive: writing workshop

Happy Thanksgiving from the Two Writing Teachers Team

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On behalf of our team at Two Writing Teachers, I’d like to thank you, our readers, for your dedication to the teaching of writing, and for the incredible community of educators you have helped us to build.

From Markers to Emojis in Digital Writing: It’s All About the Purpose and Voice

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My head was spinning and the next thing I knew I was wondering how the allure of emojis and marking up could lift student voice and motivation in writing

ICYMI: #TWTBlog’s Homework Mini-Series

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Last week, we hosted a mini-series on homework and the role it plays in elementary and middle school writing workshops.

Ways to Involve Caregivers: Homework and the Writing Workshop

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I don’t remember sharing writing experiences at home when my daughters were in elementary school.

I wish we had.

Nightly Writing: Homework and the Writing Workshop

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Four ways to encourage students to write after the school day is finished WITHOUT assigning writing as homework.

Reimagining Homework: Homework and the Writing Workshop

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This past summer, I found myself questioning homework- why I give it, what it accomplishes and if there might be an alternative.

Misunderstandings Within The Writing Process

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The writing process is not always linear, it is not a circle of steps, it is not something that needs to be done the same way twice. The writing process might be different everytime a writer sits down to start. It might be different for someone writing a poem one day and an essay a week later. The writing process is as unique as the writer. Embrace the process and its endless possibilities as students move forward.

What I’ve Learned about Word Study

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I recently had the good fortune of watching the wonderful Natalie Louis deliver a word study lesson at a school in Harlem. It was so cool. For a mostly upper grade person like… Continue reading

Let’s Talk About Methods for Conferring

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When I was a new teacher, I learned from Lucy Calkins that there are basically four overall methods to choose from when planning instruction: 1) demonstration, 2) coaching, 3) inquiry, and 4) telling/explaining. This four-method framework is useful for thinking about conferring.

ICYMI: Solving Predictable Problems

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In case you missed any pieces from our series about predictable problems, here’s a quick review of the week of posts with the links, as well.

Units of Study That Go On Forever: Solving Predictable Problems

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It’s happened to ever teacher. We start out strong, with enthusiasm. We think: This unit is going to be GREAT! This is is exactly what my kids need! This unit is our favorite!  But then, five weeks, six weeks, seven weeks (!!) later you and the kids are completely sick of the writing you’ve been doing–just like a favorite recipe that you’ve become burnt out on.

STUDENT AGENCY: SOLVING PREDICTABLE PROBLEMS BLOG SERIES

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I stepped back and put my kids in front of their learning about six years ago.  It has changed how I teach and deepened my respect for students and who they are as individuals.

Engaging Writers: Solving Predictable Problems

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If we want engaged writers, and not simply compliant students going through the motions and counting the minutes until writing time is over, we need to find ways to capture their attention and their hearts.

Transferring skills from unit to unit: Solving Predictable Problems Blog Series

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When one of my daughters was switching from playing soccer to playing field hockey, we had several conversations about the similar skills each sport required. It didn’t take us long to figure out… Continue reading

Overview: Solving Predictable Problems Blog Series

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Once fall arrives, most writing workshops are well underway. Depending on when your school year started, you’re likely teaching your second or third unit of study. Most of you are probably prepping for… Continue reading

Narrative Writing Makes a Beautiful Gift

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 The students wrapped their writing in an array of wrapping paper, and they left my classroom eager to share their gifts – the gift of words.

Teaching Digital Tools in Writing Workshop: Plan, Purpose, Model

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By blending the choice of digital tools into our lessons, we are showing students how they can purposefully use devices and keep the thinking where it belongs, on the writing, not the tool.

Keeping Narrative Alive

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By the middle of October, many students in our district are nearing the end of their first writing unit, and in almost all grades, that first writing unit has a narrative focus. Students… Continue reading

National Day on Writing: Last Minute Ideas!

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It’s not too late to plan a celebration of National Day on Writing. NCTE celebrates on this day each year the importance and most of all the delight that writing can bring to our lives using #WhyIWrite as a common theme. Take a look at some quick ideas to get your celebration rolling if you didn’t set a plan in motion for this special day.

OLW Check In

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What was your OLW and how did it treat you so far this year?