Approximation vs. Mastery: Nurturing Independence from the Start

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As our students write this year, it will be important for us to remember that they are still learners, and as such, they will be approximating. It will be unlikely they will reach mastery. Understanding this can actually improve our teaching…

Nurturing Independence From the Start

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This week, the authors at Two Writing Teachers share ideas for building independence in your writing workshops. Here’s a preview of what our series includes.

Why Independent Work Time Matters

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In the spring of 2019, sitting with a small group of 6th grade writers, I shared a video of Jack Ma, speaking on the future of education.  “Education is a big, big challenge… Continue reading

Launching the Year by Connecting to the Known

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Brows furrowed, I stared worriedly at the red marks on my rough draft.  Shifting uncomfortably in the red leather chair, I brought my eyes upward to meet the gaze of the woman sitting… Continue reading

It’s SOL Tuesday!

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We’re happy you are joining the Slice of Life community today! 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… Continue reading

It’s SOL Tuesday!

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We’re happy you are joining the Slice of Life community today! 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… Continue reading

It’s SOL Tuesday!

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We hope you’ll join the Slice of Life community of writers today! 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… Continue reading

It’s SOL Tuesday!

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I hope summer brings you freedom to write somewhere special today. 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… Continue reading

It’s SOL Tuesday!

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We’re happy you are joining the Slice of Life community today! 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… Continue reading

It’s Tuesday! Welcome to the Slice of Life Story Challenge!

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Welcome to the Slice of Life community! We’re happy you’re here!

It’s Tuesday! Join us for the Slice of Life Story Challenge

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Welcome to the Slice of Life Story Challenge Community. Please leave your permalink in the comments section, and visit at least three other slicers to leave a comment for them! For those of… Continue reading

June/July Vacation

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Summer is almost here, which means our team is taking a break from now through August 1st. (Well, except on Tuesdays. We always SLICE on Tuesdays.)

Taking Stock: Moving Forward

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As teachers, how might we reflect on our own practice in a way that could make a difference for our students next year? Here are a few lenses for setting some goals…

The Most Beloved Books in our Library: A Birthday Tradition

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The most-read books of the year were ones authored by my students on their birthdays. Today, I share how my school made a change to a more beliefs-centered way of celebrating.

It’s Tuesday! Join Us for the Slice of Life Story Challenge

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Join us for the weekly Slice of Life Story Challenge!

But How do I Teach Writing?

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Even with all we know. Even with resources, colleagues, and advice all around. The question still looms in our minds–But How Do I Teach Writing?

Spark! Quick Writes to Kindle Hearts and Minds in Elementary Classrooms- Review & Giveaway

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Be sure to leave a comment today for a chance to win Paula Bourque’s must-read book, Spark! Quick Writes to Kindle Hearts and Minds in Elementary Classrooms. You are going to want this book!

A To Be Written List

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What will be on your To Be Written List this summer?

Let Them Color, Because…

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How often do your students get to color?
How often do your students get to illustrate their books in color?
Do your students color with meaning and purpose?

This post shares research and tips for making writing workshop more colorful (in any grade!).

It’s Tuesday! Join us for our weekly Slice of Life Story Challenge

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It’s Tuesday! Welcome to the Slice of Life Story Challenge!