Back to School Week: Bursting With Excitement About Writing

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Last week Literacy Spark posed this question: I’m always interested in how I can reach the kids at the two ends of the writing spectrum. i.e. addressing kids who struggle with writing, or… Continue reading

Specific Examples of the Power of Three

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Last week I wrote about the power of three in writing.  I felt my post lacked specific examples of what this looks like in published writing.  So, I looked back at Carmen Agra… Continue reading

Back to School Week: Instructional Assistants

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Last week Mrs. V asked about how best to use instructional assistants.  Then Stacey asked her for clarification and Mrs. V wrote: With instructional assistants I mean classified staff adults in the classroom.… Continue reading

Back to School Week: Conferring

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We received a couple of questions about conferring last week.  They were: Michele wrote: I would like for you to share ideas about conferring. I love my conversations about books with my 4th… Continue reading

September’s First Slice of Life Story Challenge

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Whether you’re celebrating the first day of school or the first day of September, we hope you’ll share a slice of your day with us.

New York Times Article about Reading Workshop

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Mindy Hoffar, leader of the All-Write Consortium, sent this article to coaches.  The article opens a discussion of teaching according to the reading workshop philosophy versus the “canon” of assigned texts.  Although, perhaps the… Continue reading

Back to School: I’m Thankful . . .

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Inspired by Friday’s “Living Like a Writer” post, I took a few moments to slow down and make a list of gratitudes when it comes to my teaching life.  To kick off Back… Continue reading

Back to School Week.

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Next week will be a week where we celebrate returning to school.  It is our vision to use the week to answer questions or elaborate on ideas that are most pressing to our… Continue reading

Living Like a Writer: Slow Down.

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So much of writing is living.  The actual putting of words to paper is only a small fraction of what it means to be a writer.  For us in the Midwest, school is… Continue reading

The Power of Three

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When I was at the TCRWP’s Writing Institute a couple of weeks ago, there was a buzz about the power of three. Funny how I’ve been in and around lots of writing-related professional… Continue reading

Congratulations Penny Kittle!

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As I was finding links for the last post, I came across this announcement on Heinemann’s website: Congratulations to Penny Kittle! She has won the 2009 NCTE’s James N. Britton Award for Write… Continue reading

Need inspiration? Check out this book!

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I have loved Wednesdays this summer on Two Writing Teachers.  Lately Stacey has been blogging on Wednesdays and I’ve been envisioning my post for one of my recent favorite books from the field.  … Continue reading

Another Tuesday. Another Call for Slice of Life Stories.

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Link your Slice of Life Story to the comments section of this post. Happy Writing! Last night, when Ruth and I were on the telephone, I informed her about an experience I had… Continue reading

Memoir Monday

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Welcome to Memoir Monday.  Those who are regulars, we are looking forward to reading your memories as you record them and share them today.  If you are new to Two Writing Teachers, or… Continue reading

Living Like a Writer: Goals for the Upcoming School Year

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Raise your hand if your administration makes you do goal setting at the beginning of the school year? Okay. Now raise your hand if your administration collects the goal setting you do as… Continue reading

Mentor Texts: The Importance of Rereading

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I live with a three year old.  Sometimes he becomes obsessive about a book.  He’ll get on a streak and only want the same story read over and over and over — many… Continue reading

Professional Talk: Shared Writing 2.0

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I recently received a review copy of Teaching the New Writing: Technology, Change, and Assessment in the 21st-Century Classroom, which is edited by Anne Herrington, Kevin Hodgson, and Charles Moran.  The text is… Continue reading

Are you out there Slicers?

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My apologies for the late post today.  Teachers returned yesterday at my school district.  We had huge thunderstorms and lost power.  Can you imagine no copy machines on the day before opening day? … Continue reading

Memoir Monday: Origins of Writing

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I’ve been thinking a lot about the questions Pam Muñoz Ryan posed to the audience at the TCRWP Writing Institute last week. There are many reasons I write: to communicate with others quickly,… Continue reading

Living Like a Writer: Why do you read and write?

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I had the absolute pleasure of listening to Pam Muñoz Ryan deliver the keynote address at the TCRWP Writing Institute this past Wednesday. (And to make things even better, she even signed my… Continue reading