Why Confer?

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Six educators make the case for conferring with students regularly.

Have Charts, Will Travel. Mentor texts? Even better!

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My last post was about some of the reflections that I want to remember when I teach any genre of writing, but I also wanted to share more of our poetry workshop and… Continue reading

Where Have All the Narratives Gone?

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I’ve been thinking about why young writers struggle with personal narrative and realistic fiction writing.

Writing Our Way to Goodbye

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Today is my last day of school! My third grade students and I have been writing our way towards goodbye over the last few weeks.

Reflecting & Raising Clarity: Parent Communication

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I began to see what my parent communication was missing. The families have various opportunities to see what we do in first grade, but I have not provided consistent access to the thinking and rationale behind my teaching practices.

Welcome to SOL Tuesday!

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Writing isn’t magic, yet your writing can only exist with you.

Show Up and Do the Work

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A lesson from Kate DiCamillo

SUMMER LEARNING PLANS

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As I looked ahead and began to attempt to set goals for the upcoming school year I realized I needed a plan. What is your summer learning plan?

Literacy Coaches: Three Ideas for Next Year’s Goals

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Are you a literacy coach? Here are three ideas to try next year.

Writing with Emotion: A Review of Ida, Always

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Ida, Always is a gentle and honest picture book for helping young children deal with and talk about loss. It’s also an excellent mentor text you can use in writing workshop.

Respect, React, and Write–My Three Reflections

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Three important reflections inspired by teaching poetry to fifth-grade writers

Summer Writing: A Confession and a Goal

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All of us at Two Writing Teachers are thinking about and planning for summer writing. Summer writing inspiration for our students and summer writing goals for ourselves. Kathleen wrote this fabulous post about using… Continue reading

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!