A Very Short List of Distance Learning Ideas

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How can we strike a balance between device-based distance learning support and tried-and-true physical experiences in a way that supports our writers in some positive ways?  While I am aware many wonderful and generous educators and authors have already compiled and curated extensive lists, allow me to share just a few that you may (or may not) find helpful in your efforts to guide and support students and parents at home…

DAY 19 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL20

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Sometimes we just need to laugh, sometimes cry! Check out the Be Inspired post for today as well as prize info!

DAY 18 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL20

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Writing creates emotions as readers and as writers! Who has made you laugh or made you cry in #sol20?

Rethinking Materials, Routines, and Collaboration: What Does Independence and Interdependence Look Like From Home?

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Our teaching worlds have been turned upside down. For many of us, every system and structure we’ve had in place for planning, teaching and learning has changed over the past few days. As you find our groove in the new reality, here are some practical suggestions that will help bring the many comforts of your classroom home.

DAY 17 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL20

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Day seventeen.
Let’s gather here, share a story, and celebrate seventeen days of writing together.

What to Expect from the #TWTBlog Team During COVID-19 Extended School Closures

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I’m not sure what next week or next month will look like, but I can tell you what to expect from our team of co-authors, contributing writers, and guest bloggers as we seek to navigate this unprecedented time.

DAY 16 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL20

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It is now Day 16 of the 13th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge! #SOL20

A Mid-Month Invitation

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We are halfway through our 13th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge, and we are facing unprecedented challenges around the world given the COVID-19 pandemic. In recent years, we have emphasized participating in the Slice of Life Story Challenge for thirty-one days. Given all that is changing around us, this year we are inviting educators to join our writing community mid-month because writing connects us, even –and especially — when we feel anxious and confused.

DAY 15 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL20

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Welcome Day 15 Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge! We are HALFWAY THERE! #SOL20

DAY 14 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL20

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It’s the 14th day of the 13th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge! You’ve posted for two full weeks in a row! You’re on a roll now! #SOL20

Reaching Out to Our Readers, Writing Community, and Friends

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With social distancing and many in quarantine as a result of COVID-19, sharing our stories here is more important than ever for connection. Whether you are taking part in the 13th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge or you are a regular reader of the topical posts on our blog, please know we — as a community — are here to support each other during this unprecedented time.

DAY 13 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL20

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Welcome to the 13th day of the 13th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge! Who says Friday the 13th is bad luck? Not us! #SOL20

Translanguaging, EALs, & Testing

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All I wanted was for their pencils to keep moving, for the writing to flow without stopping. For a short while, that proved to be difficult, but not impossible.

DAY 12 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL20

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Welcome to Day 12 of the 13th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge! You’re really doing it! #SOL20

Day 11 of the March 2020 SOLSC #SOL20

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Welcome to Day 11! Yes! We have more prizes to announce today! We are grateful for our Welcome Wagon volunteers!

Day 10 of the March 2020 SOLSC #SOL20

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We have a winner of the SEAT Prize. Keep reading the announcements and slicing! We are in the double digits!

A Review of Kaia and the Bees

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Kaia and the Bees is a picture book you can use as a mentor text in narrative writing units. The book contains many craft moves, which makes it perfect for using in minilessons, writing conferences, and strategy lessons. Learn more about the book and take a peek inside of it.

Day 9 of the March 2020 SOLSC #SOL20

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Yesterday, I announced the SEAT prize. If you have made it through the first week, slicing every day and commenting daily on at least three other posts, then you are eligible for the SEAT Prize. Fill out the form by midnight for a chance to win a SEAT Prize!

Day 8 of the March 2020 SOLSC #SOL20

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SEAT stands for Scribing Everyday Augmentable Time. If you have made it through the first week, slicing every day and commenting daily on at least three other posts, then you are eligible. Fill out the form by midnight on Monday for a chance to win a SEAT Prize!

DAY 7 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL20

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And the first week is winding down! Woo hoo! Welcome to Day 7 of the Slice of Life Story Challenge 2020.