Because Kids Need to See Themselves in Books: My #PB10for10

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Today is Picture Book 10 for 10, which is a community of educators who share “must-have” picture books for classrooms. My list includes stories that will inspire children to write about their own experiences in new ways.

ICYMI: Starting with What Matters Most

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A recap of our blog series – Starting with What Matters Most

Time for Slice of Life Tuesday

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WRITE a slice of life story on your own blog.
SHARE a link to your post in the comments section.
GIVE comments to at least three other SOL bloggers.

Cultivating Authentic Work Habits: Starting with What Matters Most in Writing Workshop

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Your students should work and feel like real writers.

Unpacking the Power of Talk: Starting with What Matters Most

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Early on, as a writing teacher, I didn’t realize the power that talk plays in the writing workshop. Over the years, I have learned there are many benefits from intentionally making talk a priority.

Incorporating Play-Based Learning in Writing Workshop at any Age: Starting With What Matters Most

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Before you embark on the adventure that is your school year, you will want to consider: How will you fuel your teaching? What is it that inspires you? Why do you come to work each day?

The Right to Write: Starting with What Matters Most

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Like any other skill, children need long stretches of time to practice writing if they’re going to develop strong writing muscles. Seeing as muscles need to be used often to get bigger, it’s important teachers are providing kids with (four or) five times a week to engage in a writing workshop where they have at least 30 minutes of independent writing time.

What Are Their Tools For Independence? Starting With What Matters Most

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  One of the most important questions I always have in the back of my head when I am working with students is how to ensure that the concept  I am teaching will… Continue reading

Notebooks: Starting with What Matters Most

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Before summer began, we at Two Writing Teachers planned this blog series, and I blithely volunteered to write a post about the value of notebooks in writing workshop. Notebooks. What was I thinking?!… Continue reading

We Are Writers Here! Starting with What Matters Most

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When I think about what I first want my students to know, what matters most to me as a teacher of writing, more than capital letters or topic sentences or punctuation, I want them to believe they have ideas worth sharing and stories worth telling. I want them to know their voice matters and their words can make a difference. I want them to believe they are writers, right now, whatever their reading proficiency, whatever their language background, whatever their home circumstances. WE ARE WRITERS HERE. We all matter, we all belong, we all can and should write.

It’s Tuesday! Time to Share a Slice of Life!

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WRITE a slice of life story on your own blog.
SHARE a link to your post in the comments section.
GIVE comments to at least three other SOL bloggers.

Active Authentic Audience: Starting with What Matters Most

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Once an audience is established it becomes omnipresent in your classroom, the effects aren’t limited to the one sharing; they reach the community as a whole.

New Blog Series: Starting with What Matters Most in Writing Workshop

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Over the next eight days, my friends and I at Two Writing Teachers will share what goes into developing writers who work with agency, purpose, and independence in our Blog Series: Starting With What Matters Most. Set a reminder or mark your calendars, you won’t want to miss a day of these timely posts.

It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

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Welcome to Slice of Life Tuesday! Write a slice of life. Share your link. Give at least 3 comments on other posts!   Stacey Shubitz, TWT’s Chief of Operations and Lead Writer, recently… Continue reading

It’s Tuesday! Write. Give. Share.

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Write a post. Share your link. Give at least 3 comments to other Slicers! Children’s author and writing teacher, Amy Ludwig Vanderwater, has an amazing site called Sharing Our Notebooks. If you are feeling… Continue reading

It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

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Time to post your Slice of Life!

It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

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  What can you shine a light on that others might not be seeing? What is your unique story to tell? Today is the day to share! Please write your slice, share your link,… Continue reading

July Blogging Break

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Announcing a short pause in our regular blogging schedule

Micro-Workshop: Making Time for Conventions and Grammar

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How do you find time to put a focus on the littlest pieces of our writing to create big pieces of work?

It’s SOL Tuesday!

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Writing takes bravery and a willingness to take a risk. Today is your day to be brave.