What It’s Really Like to Be a Writing Teacher: School Leadership Blog Series

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Only by being immersed as writing teacher do you truly know what it’s like—which is why, if I were in charge of the world, I’d want every administrator to spend some time as a writing teacher. It is the only way to know how to support the people who are doing it every day. Oh, the things they would learn!

Protecting Student Writing Time

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My students won’t become writers just because I want them to be writers. Writers need to wallow in new information, time to let all the words, ideas and questions wash over them, connect with their schema, and let the new information become their own.

Got Stuck?

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What option can you give your students when they just get stuck?

Building Ideas in Research Writing

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Research-based writing need not be collections of facts. Teach your students to interpret as they research and to use their ideas to expand their writing.

Write. Share. Give.

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It’s Tuesday! Come share your slice and try visiting a “new to you” slicer today.

Writing With Mentors + A Book Giveaway

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In their wonderful new book, Writing With Mentors: How To Reach Every Writer In The Room Using Current, Engaging Mentor Texts, authors Allison Marchetti and Rebekah O’Dell offer every writing teacher a beautifully thought out methodology for carefully curating mentor texts…

2016 SOLSC Prize Winners

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Announcing the prize winners of the 9th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge

Thirty One Days of Writing in Third Grade

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Anytime you try something new, there will be lessons learned. The Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge (SOLSC) was an ambitious endeavor for my third graders, but a very worthwhile one. As I reflect on the experience, I consider the successes, the difficulties and ways to improve upon what I started this year.

Q&A with Kate DiCamillo

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The one and only Kate DiCamillo is here today to talk about her new novel, Raymie Nightingale. Read the interview and then leave a comment for a chance to win a free copy of her book.

Growing Writers, One Challenge at a Time

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This year, our class motto has been “Push through the struggle.” Originally a mantra of one student, but quickly became the motto of the community. These are the words used to encourage each other to persevere in all learning tasks. The Slice Of Life Story Challenge was no exception!

Ten Tips for Coaching into Writing Partnerships

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Do you ever have the feeling that every time you come near a partnership, they stop what they were really doing? Here are ten tips for coaching into partnerships, without taking over.

SOL Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

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Welcome back to the year-long Tuesday SOL challenge!

ICYMI: The EdCollab Gathering

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Take a peek at our presentation from Saturday at #theedcollabgathering.

Independent Persuasive Writing Projects

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A possible plan for a unit on persuasive writing independent projects

What we learned about writing from an author visit

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The first thing I did when I learned that we had access to Google hangout in our classroom, was to schedule an author visit…

SOLSC Participant Pledge

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Enter to win a prize for participating in the 9th annual SOLSC!

EdCollab Gathering

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Four of us will present at The Educator Collaborative Spring Gathering tomorrow at 2:00 p.m.

Day 31 of the March SOLSC #SOL16

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If you listen closely you might hear fellow slicers giving you a virtual high five and a WOOHOO!

CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 31 OF 31

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Huge Congratulations! Today is the final day of the March classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge.

Day 30 of the March SOLSC #SOL16

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Life is full of questions. Sometimes they become slices!