This is the Year I’m Going to Use Purposeful Partnerships

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Welcome to a crash course in setting up partnerships for your writing workshop. You’ll find actionable steps to get started with room to grow and make partnerships a seamless part of your workshop environment.

Dreaming Big for This Year’s Writing Workshop

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Get ready for an invigorating series this week as we encourage you to dream big. This is your year to take one or a few elements from your workshop and reach heights you never have before.

Infusing Technology: It’s More Than Apps and Devices

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As I sat down to write my post for the upcoming series, titled: Dreaming Big for This Year’s Writing Workshop I thought back to when I opened my writing workshop to digital tools.… Continue reading

The ABC’s of Literacy Coaching: Reminders for the Start of a Great Year

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I have a vivid memory of a coaching conversation from many years ago. I was the one being coached; one of my mentors had observed me and was giving me some no-holds-barred feedback.… Continue reading

We’re Back, Full of Dreams!

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The Two Writing Teachers team is excited to be back from our July vacation. With us, we’re bringing big dreams for the upcoming school year, as well as exciting news to share about what’s in store for August.

It’s Tuesday! Time to Write, Share and Give

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It’s Tuesday and time to share your Slice of Life! As the calendar turns to August tomorrow, TWT returns from our summer break to start a new school year. Stay tuned for our August blog series, “Dreaming Big for This Year’s Writing Workshop”, which kicks off August 5th and continues through August 13th.

It’s SOL Tuesday!

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It’s Tuesday! Are you ready to write, share and give?

It’s Slice of Life Tuesday!

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It’s Tuesday! Before you write, share, and give, please check today’s post to find a link to a podcast featuring one of our longtime dedicated Slicers, Lisa Corbett! She talks about the SOLSC and what it means to be a teacher who writes.

It’s SOL Tuesday!

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It’s Tuesday! Time to write, share, and give!

It’s Slice of Life Tuesday!

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It’s Slice of Life Tuesday! Time to write, share and give!

July Vacation

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Summer is here and we are taking a break before August hits!

Summer Notebook: A Worthy Mission

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As teachers, most of us view summer as a much-needed period for decompression and recharging.  But as teachers of writing, there are likely several  of us who see summertime as a valuable opportunity to prepare.  One thing I plan to do is purchase a summer notebook…

OLW CHECK-IN: EMBRACE

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Maybe it was Betsy’s post, OLW Check-in: Note that first brought the whispers.  As I read her post and thought about my final week of school I heard the whispers grow louder.  Embrace. 

Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge

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Welcome to the Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge!

Memory Chains: A Strategy for Writer’s Notebooks

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Here’s a fun strategy you can try to generate writing in your notebook this summer. Come back-to-school time, you can teach your students how to use this strategy if they get stuck.

Let’s Pretend!

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We encourage fantasy play at choice time and outdoor play. We teach readers to pretend to be characters as they read. When role-playing is a natural and essential part of childhood, why wouldn’t we encourage our young writers to make-believe?

Watching Our Word Wall Come Alive

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Read this post for the story of one classroom’s creative celebration of word wall words.

Write to the Finish!

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It’s the final countdown to summer for me and my third graders. Here are some ways we’ve used writing to end the year in a meaningful way.

Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge

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Welcome to the Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge!

Personalizing charts to foster intention and independence

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More and more, another way we’ve been making sure that charts become part of our writers’ toolbelts is to create individual ones that are either the same as the ones on the wall or close enough that they don’t require instruction for students to access.