It’s Now or Never to Start Up a Shared Writing Routine

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Hey, pssst… Yeah, you. Have you noticed that it’s already the middle of April? It’s spring. There are only a matter of weeks left in the school year (not that anyone’s counting). And… Continue reading

Super Spellers: Review + Giveaway

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How do you approach teaching writers to spell? Mark Weakland’s book Super Spellers: Seven Steps to Transforming Your Spelling Instruction might have some new insights for you!

SOL Tuesday

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It’s Slice of Life Tuesday! Come share some writing, share some comments!

My Five Favorite Share Sessions by @MermelsteinLeah

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Share sessions in the writing workshop can be downright frustrating!  Whether it’s the same kids sharing day after day or every kid begging to share every day, many teachers have confided in me that share sessions are often the most neglected part of their writing workshop. 

Reflections on the Classroom SOLSC 2018

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The Classroom SOLSC is over for this year…now come the reflections!

Rethinking the “I-Rule”

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Many of us were taught that first person pronouns had no place in academic writing. But is that rule still being followed by professional writers?

No More Cookie-Cutter Teaching

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As educators, we need to take ownership of our teaching.  If you think your tried and true lessons are lackluster, change them.  Start with looking at your students and asking yourself, what do my students need? What are their strengths? Next, look at the VERBS in your standards. Precisely what is it your students need to master in this unit?  Finally, embrace the art of teaching, follow their lead.

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…

Reinvigorate Your Classroom by Putting Kids First: An Interview with Christine Hertz and Kristi Mraz

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Learn how Hertz and Mraz’s newest book, Kids 1st from Day 1, can impact your writing workshop.

SOLSC Participant Pledge

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Congratulations to all for an amazing March Slice of Life Story Challenge! If you faithfully met the criteria for the challenge by slicing and commenting each day in March, we invite you to complete our form to become eligible for a prize!

Day 31 of the March SOLSC #SOL18

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We are all better teachers, better writers, better noticers, better people when we are finding moments to reflect on and share each day. Thank you to all of you!

2018 CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 31 OF 31

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Woohoo! Day 31 of the Classroom SOLSC! You and your students made it!

Day 30 of the March SOLSC #SOL18

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Tomorrow is the last day of March and the last day of the 2018 SOLSC. We all know that, and it still seems important to say!

2018 CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 30 OF 31

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Welcome to Day 30 of the Classroom SOLSC! How would you sum up this experience in 6 words?

Immersion into Poetry with Centers

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Third grade poetry centers are one way to immerse students in the different literary devices and figurative language we find in poems.

Day 29 of the March SOLSC #SOL18

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It’s Day 29. Pause and celebrate. If you’re still with us now, you’ll be here in two days! Share your post, read some of the other posts–maybe even someone you haven’t yet read–and leave some comments. 

2018 CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 29 OF 31

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Welcome to Day 29 of the Classroom SOLSC! How are you planning to celebrate your students efforts in the challenge?

Day 28 of the March SOLSC #SOL18

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Welcome to the twenty-eighth day of the 11th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge!  Finish strong in this slicing challenge. You have all sorts of community members to gather inspiration from. Slice, read, comment.

2018 CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 28 OF 31

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Welcome to Day 28 of the Classroom SOLSC! Care to leave a video on Flipgrid about your experience?

Day 27 of the March SOLSC #sol18

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Welcome to the twenty-seventh day of the 11th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge!   ANNOUNCEMENTS It’s the home stretch. Feel proud of the month of writing you’ve done. Keep writing. Keep reading. Keep… Continue reading