Category Archive: writing workshop

How Many Stars? Tools for self-assessment and goal-setting

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The more we show learners what the work looks like at different levels and the reasons for that level, the better they are able to self-assess, set goals, and improve.

Super Spellers: Review + Giveaway

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How do you approach teaching writers to spell? Mark Weakland’s book Super Spellers: Seven Steps to Transforming Your Spelling Instruction might have some new insights for you!

Reflections on the Classroom SOLSC 2018

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The Classroom SOLSC is over for this year…now come the reflections!

No More Cookie-Cutter Teaching

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As educators, we need to take ownership of our teaching.  If you think your tried and true lessons are lackluster, change them.  Start with looking at your students and asking yourself, what do my students need? What are their strengths? Next, look at the VERBS in your standards. Precisely what is it your students need to master in this unit?  Finally, embrace the art of teaching, follow their lead.

Reinvigorate Your Classroom by Putting Kids First: An Interview with Christine Hertz and Kristi Mraz

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Learn how Hertz and Mraz’s newest book, Kids 1st from Day 1, can impact your writing workshop.

Day 31 of the March SOLSC #SOL18

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We are all better teachers, better writers, better noticers, better people when we are finding moments to reflect on and share each day. Thank you to all of you!

Day 30 of the March SOLSC #SOL18

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Tomorrow is the last day of March and the last day of the 2018 SOLSC. We all know that, and it still seems important to say!

Immersion into Poetry with Centers

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Third grade poetry centers are one way to immerse students in the different literary devices and figurative language we find in poems.

Day 29 of the March SOLSC #SOL18

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It’s Day 29. Pause and celebrate. If you’re still with us now, you’ll be here in two days! Share your post, read some of the other posts–maybe even someone you haven’t yet read–and leave some comments. 

Day 28 of the March SOLSC #SOL18

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Welcome to the twenty-eighth day of the 11th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge!  Finish strong in this slicing challenge. You have all sorts of community members to gather inspiration from. Slice, read, comment.

Day 27 of the March SOLSC #sol18

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Welcome to the twenty-seventh day of the 11th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge!   ANNOUNCEMENTS It’s the home stretch. Feel proud of the month of writing you’ve done. Keep writing. Keep reading. Keep… Continue reading

Do not write on that paper!

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We want struggling writers to believe that what they think is important and what they say is important, so important that we want to capture it in a more permanent form. We want them to believe that the process of writing, at whatever stage they are in, is within their grasp.

Day 26 of the March SOLSC #sol18

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Finish strong. It’s Day 26. Write, read, and encourage others with comments. By this time, you know the comments that matter to you as a writer. Create those for others!

Day 25 of the March SOLSC #sol18

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Welcome to the twenty-fifth day of the 11th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge!   ANNOUNCEMENTS Is it crazy to think that we’re in the last week of the eleventh year? Finish strong in… Continue reading

Day 24 of the March SOLSC #SOL18

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Welcome to the twenty-fourth day of the 11th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge!   ANNOUNCEMENTS One week from today and we’ll be writing our final post. You’ve made it this far. Congratulations. We’re… Continue reading

A Challenge for First-Time Slicers

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The weekend, we have a special challenge for first-year slicers, and we are grateful to Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan for their generous donation!

Day 23 of the March SOLSC #SOL18

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Welcome to the twenty-third day of the 11th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge!   ANNOUNCEMENTS The third week can feel hard! We’re past the newness factor, and the end it still in the… Continue reading

Branding Student Blogs

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As an instructional technology coach, I have the privilege of working alongside teachers as they bring their students into the world of blogging.  Many of the teachers I work with are new to blogging. They rely on me to steer them into an experience that will engage the student, lift student writing, and fit within the already packed school day. I guide these teachers to create branded blogs.

Day 21 of the March SOLSC #SOL18

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The third week can feel hard! We’re past the newness factor, and the end it still in the distance. Keep writing! Keep sharing! Keep commenting!

Flexible Seating Options

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Not everyone works the same way. As educators, it’s up to us to find what works best for every kid so we’re meeting their needs.