Students Writing: Day One and Every Day

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Uncovering the various layers of a student takes time, intention, and writing.

Using a Writing Survey

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How do you get to know the writers in your classroom at the beginning of the school year?

#NCTEchat Preview: Why Writing Workshop?

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Join us for a discussion centered on why writing workshop WORKS!

Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge

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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.

Getting to Know Your Writers: Three Assessment Ideas You May Not Have Considered

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Sometimes it takes a little extra research to get to know kids in order to inspire them. How do you get kids to pour their little hearts out onto the page, if they feel like you barely know them at the start of the year?

Making the Classroom a Place for Everyone

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Establishing expectations, student goals, and classroom norms from the start will help you and the paraprofessional move forward as a team who operates with the best interest of the children first.

Maximizing the Adult Resources in Our Classrooms

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Over the summer, a few of us at TWT all received questions about how to manage extra adults in the classroom. Today and tomorrow, Deb and I have begun our own little mini-series… Continue reading

It’s Not Just About the Notebook

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  I started this summer with  this confession to all of you about my less than steady notebook habit. And after I let you in on my little secret, I dusted off my notebook,… Continue reading

Post-its and PD: Crafting a Writer’s Statement

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When was the first time you felt like a writer? My earliest memory of being a writer was creating stories that my Grandma used to tell. She invented characters: “Good Gertie,” “Bad Betsy,” and… Continue reading

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.
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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.
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GIVE comments to at least three other SOL bloggers.