Seeking Prize Donations for SOL Challenge

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March is coming at us! Maybe more quickly than we realize…  Among other things, March brings the Slice of Life Story Challenge (SOLSC)! At Two Writing Teachers, we hope you are planning to participate… Continue reading

The Welcome Wagon Needs You!

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Will you consider being part of the March SOLSC Welcome Wagon?

Never Write About the Same Topic as Your Students–Except Sometimes

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The cornerstone of writing workshop is that students get to choose their own topics rather than be assigned a topic by the teacher.

3 Seeds for Cultivating Writers

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The three seeds I offer can be done without planning, and promise to inspire the writers in your room. So, no matter how busy we get, we can be sure we are doing great things for the writers in our classrooms!

One Little Word Can Make all the Difference

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Welcome to a Roundup of our OLW posts for 2019!

A New Year and a New Hashtag!

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Welcoming 2019 with Tuesday Slice of Life and a new hashtag! #SOL19

SOL Tuesday and Holiday Wishes

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Love and best wishes from all of us at #TWTBlog on the last SOL Tuesday of 2018!

SOL Tuesday is Here!

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Get up and write today!

A Winter Recess

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A winter recess is upon us here at Two Writing Teachers! While we’re looking forward to our blogging break, we have a lot in store for 2019!
Find out more in this post.

They Are All Precious

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Each life we impact matters.  Each one of the children with whom we interact is currently living into an uncertain future.  Thus, with kindness and resolution, we greet writers each day and do all we can to help them learn what it takes to make their voices heard through the power of the metaphorical pen.  This is our work.

The Notes App and Notetaking In The Multimedia Writing Workshop

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Fast forward, ten months and today I offer you another powerful tool for today’s multimedia writer.

SOL Tuesday

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Stop for a moment today and write.

Reimagining Writing Assessment: A Reflection + Giveaway

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In the opening pages of Maja Wilson’s book, REIMAGINING WRITING ASSESSMENT, Thomas Newkirk gets the ball rolling with this statement, “Rubrics regularly fail to offer help to a writer because they focus on what writing has (features) not what writing does (effect).” Today I’m sharing my reflections as well as offering a giveaway to one lucky reader.

A Writer Emerges: Watching My Daughter Grow as a Writer

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How do you when you are a writer? I’ve been following my daughter’s journey and watching her grow in her belief she is a writer. I’m a believer, too.

Transitioning From Support to Independence

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What areas of independence do you wish writers took on more freely in your workshop?

Getting Started With Beginning Writers, A Review and Giveaway

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In A Teacher’s Guide to Getting Started With Beginning Writers, Katie Wood Ray and Lisa Cleaveland help us think with our beliefs — in the decisions we make, in the questions we ask, in our actions, in the language we use, and in how we see children. In everything we do, we send a message, and that message should align with our beliefs.

Write. Share. Give.

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Welcome to the final month of 2018’s Slice of Life community!

The Joys of Sharing Expository Nonfiction Mentor Texts with Students + a Giveaway

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Consider sharing these six books with your fact-loving students.
Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win all six books for your classroom library.

An Elaboration Tool for Self-reflection and Revision

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“Show don’t tell,” we say over and over to students but–it’s harder than it sounds, though, maybe for multiple reasons.

Strengthening Writing Partnerships, Part I

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A writing partner provides a sounding board and creates a social opportunity for feedback, criticism, and notions of what improvement could look like or sound like. The problem with partnerships, however, is that left to their own devices kids are not very good at being partners. How can we help kids get better? Here are a few strategies…