Hello Slicers!

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Inviting Revision: Part II

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I took the list of Ways to Revise and made it into a minichart for students to keep in their notebooks.   Here is a link to the document for anyone who is on… Continue reading

Inviting Revision

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Do you know about the “little books” for student writers by Ralph Fletcher?  I think they are lifesavers for Writing Workshop teachers, at least they were for me.  I loved them because by… Continue reading

Breathe.

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Last week, someone asked me:  How do you balance it all? This question always makes me smile sheepishly and give my standard response:  I don’t. Yet her question has tumbled around in my… Continue reading

Would you like to be a better writer?

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Ruth and I have completed about 25% our manuscript.  We’re in the midst of working on the section of Writing 180 that deals with conferring.  Even though we’re in the thick of writing,… Continue reading

Universal Themes & Portraying the Realities of Life

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When I first read Norah Dooley‘s Everybody Cooks Rice, I encountered something larger than a neighborhood making some sort of rice for dinner. Rather, I found people from different ethnicities who were working… Continue reading

Building a Community of Writers

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This week my coaching has taken me into middle school classrooms.  In one class, the teacher has asked me to launch notebooks and move into a personal narrative study.  As we’ve gotten into… Continue reading

It’s Time for the SOLSC!

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Happy Tuesday! Please join us today for the Slice of Life Story Challenge.  (If this is your first time participating, then click here to learn more about this Challenge.)

Monday Musings

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This weekend I was rereading some past posts on Two Writing Teachers and came across a few “Monday Musings.”  I was inspired to write a post like this for today.  My OLW (One… Continue reading

Cris Tovani

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All-Write is hosting Cris Tovani in northern Indiana on October 15.  If you’re in the area and teach grades 4 – 12, you will not be sorry if you attend this conference.    Click… Continue reading

Weekend Reading.

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Scholastic Instructor Magazine named the “Top Twenty Teacher Blogs.”  According to Instructor, they identified: 20 blogs that have taught us a few things, made us laugh, made us cry, and reminded us that we… Continue reading

A Text with Many Uses

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Eve Bunting has been one of my favorite children’s book authors ever since I read Fly Away, Home. I’ve used her books in my Reading Workshop, as demonstration texts and as social issue… Continue reading

A Sweet Conference

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I was back in Mr. Miller’s third grade classroom today.  It is such an enjoyable place to be; his students have become writers.  Today K. asked me, “Will you have a conference with… Continue reading

In the News & On the Blogs

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There have been a lot more education-related news stories appearing in the newspapers with the start of the school year.  To that end, here are some stories from newspapers, as well as some… Continue reading

Join Us for Today’s SOLSC

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Last week I was chatting with a second grader about characters in stories.  I said, “As a reader, I know you’ve noticed that characters in stories usually change in some way.” “No they… Continue reading

Gimmicks Versus Authentic Experiences

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Have you read the comments from this post?  They were a luxury for me this weekend and so very good for my soul.  A special public thank you to all those who left… Continue reading

It’s Saturday.

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I think Saturday is reason enough to celebrate here at Two Writing Teachers. On Wednesday, Ashley left this comment: I have had a lot of false starts getting the writing workshop started. My students… Continue reading

A Solemn Day

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Endpapers

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My mother-in-law, who is a K-5 Literacy Coach, visited last weekend. She perused several review copies of professional books that were stacked on my desk while we talked shop. There were some pages… Continue reading

Teaching the Writing Process

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I’ve been working in a third grade classroom.  The class began the year with a focus on oral storytelling.  Recently they started their writers’ notebooks.  We’re now moving into their first writing project… Continue reading