Category Archive: writing workshop

Word Study That Sticks: Best Practices K-6 — Review and Giveaway

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Are you looking for ways to make word study more inspiring, meaningful, practical and transferrable? Word Study That Sticks: Best Practices K-6 by Pamela Koutrakos is the resource you need to read! Check out my review of the book today and leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of the book!

Classroom SOLSC: Blogging into Week 3

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It’s Week 3 of the Classroom SOLSC! If you aren’t participating with your students but would like to support our student bloggers with comments, we welcome your support! Students are working so hard this month and comments are very motivating. Just click on the Padlet and select a class to read and respond to! This week we are talking about keeping the enthusiasm going in our second week of the challenge.

Clearing pathways for narrative writing: Part 1

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Once students can say their beginning, middle, and end, know what their story is really about, and can identify their important parts, they almost always can make a solid plan and feel comfortable beginning to draft.  But sometimes it’s hard to get them to this point in the process.

Welcome to Writing Workshop: A Review and Giveaway

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Do you have a copy of Welcome to Writing Workshop yet? This is a resource that every educator who works with writers needs. Today, I’m excited to share an inside look at this new resource!

Disguising Engagement

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True engagement is hard to miss. However, there are several look-a-likes out there. Some are called compliance and participation.

Interactive Digital Writing

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As we work interactively with our students to compose a digital message, we share the keyboard. This time is instructional, authentic and explicit. The message composed and how it is composed comes from the students and holds value to the community of writers.

Staying on the Rails: Structuring Fictional Stories

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How do you broaden creativity while fostering story structure?

Congratulations to the Winner!

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Thanks again to the Highlights Foundation for offering this amazing prize to the winner of our second Commenting Challenge.

Our Second Mid-Month Commenting Challenge

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This weekend, we have a life-changing opportunity as we offer the second mid-month challenge of the 12th Annual SOLSC.

Day 16 of the March SOLSC! #SOL19

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Welcome to Day 16 of the March SOLSC. Today, you are more than halfway through the month of writing every day.

Day 15 of the March SOLSC! #SOL19

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Writing doesn’t happen when we dream. It happens when we pay attention, set intentions, and create space to capture our thoughts. Welcome to Day 15!

The Classroom Challenge is “Write” Around The Corner. Are The Kids Ready?

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With an intentional plan and gradual release, you and your class can have an amazing month of blogging! Here are a few tips the teachers and I are using to get bloggers prepared and excited!

Day 14 of the March SOLSC! #SOL19

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Welcome to Day #14 of the SOLSC!
Let’s just keep up our courage to press on to the goal of slicing every day!

Day 13 of the March SOLSC! #SOL19

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Welcome to Day 13 of the March SOLSC! We are so glad you are part of the slicing community.

Day 12 of the March SOLSC #SOL19

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Welcome to the 12th day of the 12th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge! Write. Share. Give. BE INSPIRED Beth Moore, one of the TWT co-authors, wrote a brilliant post yesterday, and it reminded… Continue reading

Creating Clarity for Writers

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Having and stating goals takes courage, but this practice also leads to higher levels of learning and achievement.

Talking to Caregivers about Conventions and Spelling

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More than other skills, most caregivers tend to worry about spelling and conventions when it comes to their child’s writing. I get it. Those skills are right there at the tip of the writing iceberg. Those skills are concrete and obvious. Those skills are the ones that they recognize and know how to fix when they sit with their child. So how do we talk to caregivers about spelling and punctuation? Here are three ideas that you may find helpful. 

Teaching Writers to Reflect + Giveaway

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For the past two weeks, I’ve been immersing myself in some reflection. This book, TEACHING WRITERS TO REFLECT, has been an excellent tool as I pass along reflective practices to my students.

Budding Bloggers

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I remember when I started blogging with my first graders, I dove right in without a thought! Despite my lack of preparedness I never looked back. Blogging inspired and connected my students in ways I never imagined. I know you’ll find the same joy in blogging!

Thinking Ahead to April and the Classroom SOLSC

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The Classroom SOLSC is in April this year and it gives me an extra month to reflect, plan and prepare! How are you helping students to get ready for this challenge?