How Many Stars? Tools for self-assessment and goal-setting

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The more we show learners what the work looks like at different levels and the reasons for that level, the better they are able to self-assess, set goals, and improve.

Introducing a New Co-Author

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There’s a new primary voice on our co-author team!

SOL Tuesday

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It’s Slice of Life Tuesday! We invite you to share a slice of life, share some feedback…

TWT Spring Blogging Break

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Our co-author team is taking a blogging break this week. In the meantime, you may access our archives by doing a keyword or category search.

SOLSC 2018 Prize Winners

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It’s been almost two weeks since the March SOLSC of 2018 and we know you’ve been patiently waiting for the prize winners! We had amazing donors this year and so much support from the slicing community. Thanks to all and of course, good luck!

Off You Go, Find a Just-Right Spot! by @kelsey_corter

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Find out how one teacher’s decision to stop assigning seats led to greater independence, higher engagement, and a stronger writing community in a Kindergarten classroom.

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?