Category Archive: writing workshop

English Language Development Frames

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When my sister and I were kids, we played Super Mario Brothers on Nintendo. I witnessed her saving the princess at least three times during our summer video game marathons. I watched as… Continue reading

The Importance of Repertoire: Nurturing Independence From the Start

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The truth in writing — and in many aspects of life — is that there isn’t really one way to do anything. The strongest writers understand their options and are flexible and intentional with their choices. That’s repertoire!

Writing Because You Want To: Nurturing Independence From the Start

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How do you encourage students to write at home without mandating they do so? Read on for some ideas! Please share your ideas in the comments and keep our conversation going.

A Writer’s Mindset: Nurturing Independence from the Start

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Does the mindset of our student writers impact their independence? How does OUR mindset impact their independence as writers?
After a lot of researching, reading, writing, and reflecting I’m sharing some insights and steps toward building a growth mindset in our classroom communities of writers. Join in the conversation!

It’s Tuesday! Join the Slice of Life Community

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It’s Tuesday! Time to write, share and give!

The Importance of Starting Practice with WHY: Nurturing Independence from the Start

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How often do we ask ourselves about what leads our thinking on the teaching of writing? Is our purpose curriculum, or something much more significant? Why do we teach the way we do? And… How do we articulate why this, not that?

Launching the Year by Connecting to the Known

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Brows furrowed, I stared worriedly at the red marks on my rough draft.  Shifting uncomfortably in the red leather chair, I brought my eyes upward to meet the gaze of the woman sitting… Continue reading

It’s SOL Tuesday!

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We’re happy you are joining the Slice of Life community today! WRITE a slice of life story on your own blog.SHARE a link to your post in the comments section.GIVE comments to at least three other… Continue reading

It’s SOL Tuesday!

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We’re happy you are joining the Slice of Life community today! WRITE a slice of life story on your own blog.SHARE a link to your post in the comments section.GIVE comments to at least three other… Continue reading

It’s Tuesday! Welcome to the Slice of Life Story Challenge!

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Welcome to the Slice of Life community! We’re happy you’re here!

But How do I Teach Writing?

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Even with all we know. Even with resources, colleagues, and advice all around. The question still looms in our minds–But How Do I Teach Writing?

Spark! Quick Writes to Kindle Hearts and Minds in Elementary Classrooms- Review & Giveaway

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Be sure to leave a comment today for a chance to win Paula Bourque’s must-read book, Spark! Quick Writes to Kindle Hearts and Minds in Elementary Classrooms. You are going to want this book!

A To Be Written List

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What will be on your To Be Written List this summer?

It’s Tuesday! Join us for our weekly Slice of Life Story Challenge

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It’s Tuesday! Welcome to the Slice of Life Story Challenge!

Empowering Writers

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As we approach the end of the year, it could be a great time to challenge students to think about who they are as learners, what helps them hold on to new concepts, and how they do their best work. That being said, this knowledge could empower students at any point in the year.

Preschool Down the Hall: An End of Year Cure

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Sometimes we are learning more than we are teaching, and that makes us better teachers.

Revising the Classroom: Adventures in Flexible Seating

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This year I had the opportunity to try out flexible seating with brand new furniture. It’s been an adventure and I’ve learned many lessons along the way. What are your experiences with flexible seating?

Take a Tour of Your Own School with an Eye Toward Writing Workshop

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When you have a chance, take a walk through the hallways of your own school. Try to see with fresh eyes. Pretend you are a visitor. Ask yourself: What kind of writing is… Continue reading

Ten Possible Minutes: Sacred Writing

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Every year brings with it new surprises. I was delightfully surprised by just ten minutes this year. Ten minutes made a big difference.

Three Things to Try in Writing Workshop Before the End of the School Year

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Three things you maybe never thought of trying – add them to your writing workshop bucket list for the school year!