Welcome to SOL Tuesday!

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Let your stories flow from your mind to your fingers and let them all surprise you.

Go-To Digital Tools for Writing Workshop

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Digital tools can transform your teaching by allowing students to have a writing community beyond the classroom walls, be innovative, make meaningful connections to other writers and students, have more resources readily available, and have true, authentic reasons for writing.

Reflections and Refinements: The Year Ahead

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I packed the books, cleared the tables and turned in my keys. It’s an official end to the school year. As I sit down in my car, my head, and my heart begins to reflect on the year, the successes, the trials and what could’ve been

DIY Literacy: A Review & Giveaway

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DIY Literacy will give you the tools you need to reach all your students

Expository Leads + Giveaways!

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Challenging students to push past their safe zones of writing has been a challenge all year. We all reaped some great rewards as the year came to a close.

Summer Writing Bucket List

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What’s on your summer writing bucket list? You don’t need to have a novel hiding in your desk drawer to call yourself a writer. All the small things add up. If you don’t have a list going already, here’s a little inspiration for Summer 2016.

Classroom Takeaways from #NJSCBWI16

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Sharing some highlights from the New Jersey Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Annual Conference, which took place this past weekend.

Welcome to SOL Tuesday!

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Ah, summer the springboard of our stories!

Ideas and Inspirations for Summer Writing

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Ideas and Inspirations for Summer Writing

Celebrating Writers and Teachers

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It’s the end of the school year and our days are full of reflections, assessments, and all kinds of celebrations. During those final days before summer vacation begins, we find many ways celebrate… Continue reading

A Year of Writing: A Week of Reflection

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As I confer with each writer, I feel my eyes filling with tears. I show each student their writing from the first day of school and watch as their less cherubic and more mature faces brighten. “That’s really my first writing in first grade?” “I didn’t even use the whole page.” “I can’t read it.” and “That doesn’t look like my writing now.” were typical comments.

QR Coding Our Way to Summer Writing!

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QR Codes might just be the way to help summer writers keep writing!

Nerdy Birdy: A Review & Giveaway

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When I first opened Nerdy Birdy by Aaron Reynolds, I was not (yet) reading it with the eye of a writer.  I was way too smitten with the bird on the front cover.  I mean,… Continue reading

If Your School Year Were a Book: Endings

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As the end of this particular school year draws near, you might think about the qualities of your favorite stories to help you plan an ending that is meaningful for your students.

SOL Tuesday + Some Announcements

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Link-up to our weekly writing challenge right here.

One Little Word Check-In

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Have you checked in on your OLW?

Introducing Two New Co-Authors

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We’re delighted to welcome two new writers to our #TWTBlog Co-Author Team.

ICYMI: Author Spotlight Series

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Many thanks to Bob, Isabel, Julie, Lauren, Liz, Maribeth and Paula for sharing part of their writing lives with our community of teachers and writers this week. In case you missed any of their blog posts, this post contains links to each of their posts. Be sure to leave a comment on each of their blog posts by June 4th, 2016 for a chance to win one of their books.

Writing and Illustrating Stories by Bob Graham

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Bob Graham, author and illustrator of numerous picture books, closes out TWT’s Author Spotlight today.

Becoming a Close Writer by Paula Bourque

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Teacher-author Paula Bourque steps into our Author Spotlight today to share her experiences about becoming a published author.