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Reminders About Interactive Writing
Watch an interactive writing lesson in action, and find out the winner of the giveaway!
A Teacher’s Guide to Interactive Writing: A Book Review and a Giveaway
Interactive writing is the missing link to engaging writing instruction that's both effective and incredibly fun. Matt Halpern's new book, A Teacher's Guide to Interactive Writing, explores what it is, why it's effective, and how to get started.
Handwritten Letters & Summer Snail Mail
Letter writing is a fun way to end the school year and launch students into summer writing. Bonus: personalize the postcard template and set up a class/school summer writing challenge!
“Is This Good?” Building Self-Reliance in Student Writers
Picture a writing workshop. Students hum along on various pieces. Inevitably, a student approaches to ask: “Is this right?” “Is this good?” My experience and wisdom matter as a teacher. My support and guidance are critical. Still, I’d hope that students’ sense of pride and accomplishment wouldn’t depend on what I think of their work. I’ve discovered some conversational tools and classroom strategies that help me foster students’ sense of confidence and trust in themselves. I’m sharing them with you here.
Write. Share. Give.
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Possibilities for Interactive Writing in a Bilingual Classroom
In a bilingual classroom, it is so important to build community around speaking, listening, and writing together. Interactive writing is a fantastic tool that can support this goal.
ICYMI: Two-Week Recap
You will be all caught up with this, in-case-you-missed-it post recapping the past two weeks here at TWT!
Wrapping Up a Year (or years) of Literacy Coaching
As a literacy coach, I always have a few of the same things on my end-of-the-year to-do list -- plus a few new ones this year.
Mentor Texts as Springboards for Writing
I'm always on the hunt for books that capture a universal experience in a way that opens possibilities for writing in response (or in conversation). Mentor texts that invite writers to riff off their brilliance while creating something entirely new. April Pulley Sayre’s latest picture book, In Between, is exactly that kind of book (Beach Lane Books, 2023).
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Can A.I. Write a Good Speech?
Writing, like speaking, is a tool that allows us to develop and expand our ideas. So how does a chatbot perform when it is tasked with writing a speech?