Minilessons: Writing Workshop Fundamentals

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Everything students are asked to do in writing workshop builds on effective teaching during the minilesson. It’s important to understand the basics of writing minilessons so we can write them quickly and teach our students to become stronger writers every time we bring them to the meeting area to teach them something new.

Structure: Writing Workshop Fundamentals

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Writing Workshops have important structural components.

Unit Planning: Writing Workshop Fundamentals

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Planning a unit of study is like planning for anything in life. You can’t predict exactly what will happen, but you can project what you think will mostly likely happen, based on what you know.

Blog Series: Fundamentals of Writing Workshop

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Growing up as a young person, I devoted a great deal of time to playing sports.  Now, I didn’t participate in a lot of different sports — I played primarily soccer, with short… Continue reading

It’s Tuesday! Share a Slice of Life!

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Welcome to the Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge. Write your post. Share the permalink here in the comments section. Be sure to comment on three other posts sometime today. The coauthors of… Continue reading

It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

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It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

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It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

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It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

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It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

July Blogging Break

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Ah, summer vacation! Time to exhale, reboot, and recharge. At Two Writing Teachers, we are taking a short blogging break for the month of July. We will be spending time with our families, reading, writing, reflecting, and, of course, planning new blog posts to share with you as we get ready to start a new school year.

Feedback That Moves Writers Forward: Review and Giveaway

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Feedback That Moves Writers Forward: How to Escape Correcting Mode To Transform Student Writing, written by Patty McGee, is a must-read for educators who know we can do far better for students when it comes to talking with them about their writing.

A Data System For Tracking Progress

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The  last post I wrote was about what students will say leads to their growth as writers. In that post, I mentioned the data system we use to track their progress, and several people… Continue reading

What Do Teachers Do All Summer?

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Summer is the opportunity to sit back, hit reset and plan how I will improve for next year.  I like to use my extra hours of summer considering my past teaching practices and think about what worked and what I wish had gone differently.  

SOL Tuesday

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We’re glad you’re here to share a story!

Building a Community of Writers: Creating the Emotional Space

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Building a community of writers is likely a goal for all writing workshop teachers. But what are some ways to be intentional about bringing such a goal to fruition?

Creating Teaching Tools for Picture Books

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Summer is the perfect time to seek out new mentor texts for your writing workshop. This post contains 20+ new picture book — fiction and nonfiction — suggestions that you can use to lift the level of your students’ writing. Plus, there are book giveaways! (Be sure to read the giveaway information carefully at the bottom of the post.)

A Fork In My Road

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Dear Two Writing Teachers Community, My emotions are all jumbled up as I write this post to share bittersweet news. At the end of this month I will step away from my co-author… Continue reading

Literacy Coaches: Schools out. Now what?

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Four practical priorities for this summer.

SOL Tuesday

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It’s Tuesday. Welcome to our weekly SOL challenge.
Thank you for making time to read today’s important announcement from the co-author team.

Responding to Reflection: Editing

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Professional writers often reach for professional editors in the writing world. Why not create the opportunity for students to be the professionals?