Category Archive: writing workshop

Tuesday Slice of Life Challenge #SOL17

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Welcome to the Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge!

Vocabulary Ideas From NCTE

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Already, NCTE seems like a long time ago. However, as I reread my notes and think about some of the lasting learning, I have more to share! Vocabulary Matters was a great session!

Language to Convey Choice Versus Assignment

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There are many things we can’t control in the classroom: the amount of time we have, the number of students, the size (and sometimes temperature) of the classroom space. But one thing we can control is the language we use that conveys choice, versus language that conveys assignment.

Mindset Matters

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Teaching students to have a growth mindset and truly understand what happens as they learn has been a big goal for me this year. Over the winter break, a book re-sparked my thinking and how I needed to more intentionally equate our mindset to our process as writers.

Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge #SOL17

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It’s Tuesday again! Time to share your slice of life.

Rolling Out the Welcome Wagon!

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Will you be willing to roll out the Welcome Wagon for our new Slicers this March?

The Heart Work of Persuasive Writing

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How can we help writers develop solid ideas before delving too far into the work of persuasive writing?

Rethinking Graphic Organizers for Writing

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Are there other, more authentic ways we could scaffold our writers?

Kathleen’s OLW for 2017

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One Little Words (OLWs) sometimes find you, as if it were meant to be…

Deb’s One Little Word For 2017

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I am not sure where to begin, but I do know I can always do better with my hive!

Beth’s One Little Word for 2017

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This week my coauthors and I participating in our little New Year’s tradition of choosing our One Little Words (OLW’s) for 2017.

Melanie’s OLW for 2017

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My one little word was not difficult to choose this year. The challenge will be about honoring it throughout 2017!

Lisa’s OLW for 2017

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Happy New Year to you, our Two Writing Teachers community. Beginning today, we co-authors will share our One Little Words for 2017. Somehow I ended up at the front of the line. “Breathe,” I… Continue reading

Holiday Blogging Break

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December is a month of celebrations and a chance for the co-authors to take a brief blogging break as we turn our focus to our families during the rest of December. The rest and reflection always helps us start the new year with a renewed sense of passion and purpose.

Finding New Opportunites and Joy: All It Takes Is A Slight Twist

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Finding New Opportunities and Joy: All It Takes Is A Slight Twist
This year presented my family and my teaching life with many changes, and each one took real focus for me. I had the opportunity to make a slight turn turning each into a change blessing or a change obstacle. The difference is in considering the intention.

Go! Write!

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Is there a sense of writing urgency in your classroom?

Pick Your Head Up: Remembering Kathleen Tolan

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A week ago, Kathleen Tolan, Senior Deputy Director of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, died peacefully in her sleep. Kathleen was the one who hired me, first as her own and… Continue reading

Active Authentic Audiences: PART OF #TWTBLOG’S THROWBACK WEEK

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Deb shared fabulous ideas about developing authentic audiences in a post she wrote for the blog series on What Matters Most.

Watch and Notice–Part of #TWTBlog’s Throwback Week

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Dana’s post on the power of demonstration writing is one of my favorites. Writers love to see their teachers write, and teachers have a terrific platform for instructing using this technique.

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

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