Category Archive: writing workshop

Independent Writing Time: Beyond the Fundamentals of Writing Workshop

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Last week I met with a teacher about a writer who worries her. “Where’s his writing?” I asked. She pulled out a piece with a date on it, and the date was from… Continue reading

Student-Written Mentor Texts: Beyond the Fundamentals of Writing Workshop

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While many teachers seem knowledgeable about mentor texts and teacher-created texts, it is my hope that focusing on student-written mentor texts will lead more teachers to realize students can be mentor authors, too.

Conferring with Writers: Beyond the Fundamentals of Writing Workshop

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    “How about we read Goodnight, Gorilla?” Raising my eyebrows, I gazed hopefully at my two year-old daughter.  “Or maybe we could read The Grouchy Ladybug? You love that one!” “No!” Her… Continue reading

Next Level Unit Planning: Beyond the Fundamentals of Writing Workshop

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Tips for moving to the next level of unit planning.

Who Is Up For A Challenge? A Guest Blog Post By Michelle Haseltine

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How do I manage with thirty to forty students blogging? I blog too. That’s always made it more meaningful for my students.

The Post-it Note App and Writing Workshop

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When you hear blended learning in writing workshop do you immediately envision a classroom of writers looking at a screen? 

Welcome to Slice of Life

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Write a slice. Share it here. Comment on at least three other slices. Are you ever surprised by what you write when you sit down and start writing? Sometimes out thoughts, feelings, and… Continue reading

Writing Checklists: Tools for Independence and Goal-Setting

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I am a list person. I have lists by my computer, by my bed, in the kitchen, in my car console– And I love crossing things off my lists. One of the reasons… Continue reading

Do You Ever Wonder?

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How do you respond to the recursive “I’m done,” and every other form of the phrase? Maybe it isn’t about them.

It’s Tuesday! Welcome to Slice of Life!

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Write. Share. Give. Please be sure to read at least 3 other posts and leave comments. Comments help us build our writing community! The eleventh annual Slice of Life Challenge starts up on… Continue reading

Tools of the Trade — A Guest Blog Post by Vicki Meigs-Kahlenberg

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We can’t control what happen next in our news feeds or in the lives of our students. By making intentional time in our curriculum for writing, sharing and publishing, we can equip our students with the most powerful tools we have available to develop and strengthen their voices within our classrooms, and create a confidence within to speak their truths out in the world.

In the Name of Accountability

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When is the last time you asked yourself, “What do I believe?” Have you asked your students what they believe? Our level of success is often a reflection of what we believe in ourselves. Having the power to make moves in our learning is less about being held accountable and more about revising our beliefs as we learn.

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?

Literary Essays: Setting the Stage

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As part my MFA program, I’ve had to write eight page papers on a paragraph or two of text. That’s a lot of words about not too many words. I’ve also watched my… Continue reading

Deb’s One Little Word for 2018

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“Each scene has its own music, and the music is created for the scene. Woven into it in ways we do not understand no matter how we may love the melody of a bygone day or imagine the song of a future one; we must dance to the music of today.  If not we will be stumbling around in something that doesn’t fit the moment.”

Beth’s OLW for 2018

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I was often the shortest person in my class. I also cried a lot. Like… a lot. I also seemed to always have a terrible ear-ache, or a bad cough, and headaches… you name it. I was exceptionally clumsy. And forgetful. Basically, I was a weakling.

Kathleen’s OLW for 2018

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In 2018, I want to grow. I want to learn. I want to DO more and DO better. My One Little Word (OLW) for 2018 is DO.

Melanie’s OLW for 2018

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Happy Holidays from all of us at Two Writing Teachers! Have you chosen your One Little Word (OLW) for 2018 yet? Many of us in the Two Writing Teachers community and beyond have… Continue reading

Slice of Life

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Welcome to the last opportunity for slicing of 2017! Thanks to all of you who contibute to the vitality and spirit of this writing community!   WRITE a slice of life story on your… Continue reading

Slice of Life Tuesday

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  Even when life seems busy, hectic, and crazy, find and celebrate those minutes to read and write. Celebrate this community of writers!   WRITE a slice of life story on your own blog.… Continue reading