Category Archive: writing workshop

Year-End Sharing, Reflecting and Celebrating

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We cannot underestimate the value of year-end sharing, celebrating and reflecting opportunities for young writers.

Literacy Coaches: How do you assess your impact?

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A few months ago I received an email from a curriculum director in a district where I sometimes do a bit of consulting: Did I have any data regarding my impact in schools?… Continue reading

A Few Games to Inspire Writing Lives

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Here are a few writing games that can add fun and play to learning!

Ending the Year with Intention

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When this post goes live, there will be just 13 teaching days left in my school year. The end is coming quickly and more than ever, every minute counts. I’m thinking about how… Continue reading

Sending Notebooks Up

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We can send up our own little writing workshop time-capsules for kids to open in the fall.

ICYMI: Keep Learning Going Throughout the Summer Recap

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I learned a lot and saved many ideas from my co-author team at TWT through the latest blog series, KEEP LEARNING GOING THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER. Just in case you missed a post you can find a recap today. Also, we have a bonus parent letter for you to use with your families and of course a GIVEAWAY announcement!

Helping Parents Understand Writing Workshop: Keep Learning Going Throughout the Summer

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I love watching parents and children enjoying our town library during the summer months. There’s so much joy in reading together and selecting piles of books to bring home. My own daughters could… Continue reading

Books Inspire Writing: Keep Learning Going Throughout the Summer

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Another way to keep the writing going during summer is to look to books for ideas and inspiration.

Ready for a Challenge? Keep Learning Going Throughout the Summer

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Are your students ready to be Summer Writing Ninjas? Some challenges to keep the writing going this summer…

GRAB A SEAT, GRAB A PEN, & GET APPY: KEEP LEARNING GOING THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER

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Writers grow as they witness writing in their lives. The waiters jotting down orders, medical staff recording on charts, families creating a to-do list, shopping list, planning vacations, messaging family, and friends, composing emails, journaling, and the many other reasons we write in our lives.

Summer Reading & Writing Connections: Keep Learning Going Throughout the Summer

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You know that expression people use: “It’s like riding a bicycle?”

It’s supposed to mean that once you learn a skill set you’ll never forget it.

Turns out reading and writing are not like riding a bicycle.

The Why, The Slide, and Goal Setting: Keep Learning Going Throughout the Summer

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Teachers typically spend the first three-six weeks reviewing previous skills while building routines within their classrooms. What can we do to encourage students to hold on to their learning and practice through the summer? We hope to tackle this question through the week in our blog series.

A Peek into Opinion Writing

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Here’s a peek at some of my favorite tools for opinion writing and perhaps some ideas for developing tools for other genres, as well.

Poetry Begins with Play

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Learning to play with words is an important step for young writers who are learning to create poems.

Three things that might be stressing out your young writers (and what you can do to support them)

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Classrooms need to be places where students can take risks, solve problems, and learn to work through the hard parts. But sometimes anxiety and worry get in the way of learning.

See Something Where There is Nothing: A Poetry Lesson

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Need a fresh idea for poetry? Try this lesson!

Reluctant Writer?

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My son, a kindergartener, is reluctant to write at homework time. But is he a reluctant writer?

Elaboration Strategies for Information Writing

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Sometimes information writing sounds like a list–teach students strategies to add voice and elaboration as they teach readers.

Finding Time: With Craft Moves on The Poem Farm

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Poetry month in my opinion (and my students’) is a celebration of writing! It’s a time when we writers welcome new beginnings and hone the art and crafting of our writing skills. I watch my students take wings and write with grace and confidence during poetry month.

SOL Tuesday

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It’s Slice of Life Tuesday…come share a slice. We’d love to have you write, share, and give feedback to other writers!