A Writing Workshop Learning Walk

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As much as I try to flatten the walls of my classroom using technology, the truth is there are still walls. It is me and 25 third graders, and most recently, a fabulous student teacher. Still, the walls are there and often I don’t get to see other teachers in action. Last month, I had the opportunity to remedy that problem for a day.

A Writing Greenbelt + a Giveaway

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I’ve known Joy Write, Ralph Fletcher’s latest book that debuts today, was coming for awhile since he interviewed me about the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge, which he writes about in one of the book’s chapters. But when I had the opportunity to read his new book in its entirety, I was amazed by the possibilities I saw Ralph present to transform young writers’ attitudes towards writing through low-stakes writing.

A Learner-Driven Classroom & Writing Workshop

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Moving to a learner-driven classroom has changed my role in the classroom and writing workshop. As a teacher in a learner-driven classroom, I have stepped back to observe the learner.

SOL Tuesday

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It’s Slice of Life Tuesday! Those of you feeling withdrawals from the March Slice of Life Story Challenge, breathe a sigh of relief. Come one, come all, come slice…

Changing Tack: Learning from a Writing Conference

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It’s great to be prepared when we are conferring with our writers. However, being ‘prepared’ and being ‘present’ are not the same thing…

SOLSC Participant Pledge

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Congratulations!  You have completed the 10th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge.  You have already reaped the benefits of this challenge: you have developed a daily writing habit, you have become a valued… Continue reading

DAY 31 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL17

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I’m humbled and amazed by the enthusiasm of the writers who take on this challenge each year. Please watch the video, which includes words of thanks for everyone who makes the Slice of Life Story Challenge a community of connected writers.

CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS- DAY 31 OF 31

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Congratulations! You’ve made it to the end of the Classroom SOLSC for Students! Time to celebrate!

Showing Not Telling: Demonstrations Matter

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We’ve all likely taught ‘show, don’t tell’ lessons in our narrative units. But showing not telling can have instructional meaning, as well…

Day 30 of the SOLSC #sol17

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It’s Day 30, and it’s been an incredible month of presence, intention, and inspiration. A few weeks ago, we all set a goal, and we made a commitment to be a part of a writing… Continue reading

CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS- DAY 30 OF 31

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Welcome to Day 30 of the Classroom SOLSC for Students! As you reflect on the challenge this year, what would you do differently next year?

Day 29 of the March SOLSC #sol17

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Day 29. Almost to the end. The finish line is right there. Writing every day for 31 days is a big deal, and so is being a part of this community. Special Announcement… Continue reading

CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS- DAY 29 OF 31

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It’s Day 29 for the Classroom SOLSC for Students!

Day 28 of the March SOLSC-#sol17

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Welcome to Day 28. I’m actually starting to have the withdrawal pangs that have set in for the last several Aprils. Anyone else? Quote of the Day   Be inspired Karen Hasler takes… Continue reading

CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 28 OF 31

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Welcome to Day 28 of the Classroom SOLSC for Students!

Growth Mindset in Writing Workshop + Giveaway

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How do we teach a growth mindset, along with all the other aspects of writing that require explicit instruction? Read on to find out more and for the chance to win an autographed copy of Growing a Growth Mindset: Unlocking Character Strengths through Children’s Literature by Dr. Kevin Sheehan and Jessica Ryan.

Day 27 of the March SOLSC #sol17

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On the 27th day, the end is in sight. We’ve all been writing for 27 days, and we’ve also been supporting each other with comments and the energy that comes within a community… Continue reading

CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 27 OF 31

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It’s Day 27 in the Classroom SOLSC for Students! Are you ready to #CelebrateMonday?

Day 26 of the March SOLSC #sol17

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Welcome to Day 26 of the Challenge. We’re winding down… If you’re sharing your students’ Slice of Life stories, please head over to the Classroom Slice of Life.  ANNOUNCEMENTS If you’re a new… Continue reading

CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 26 OF 31

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Welcome to Day 26 of the Classroom SOLSC for Students! It’s our final Sunday of the challenge.