Writers, Not Just For Workshop

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When it comes to identity and living a writerly life, our work does not begin or end at writing workshop. In this post, I highlight three practical steps for nurturing writers beyond writing workshop.

Be a Teacher Who Writes!

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Have you resolved to write alongside your students this year? If so, join us today and any Tuesday year-round for #sol18.

Nudging Students to Think of Ideas

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The fact that these charts have an interactive element is a key part of their usefulness because they end of being not only an idea-generating tool, but also an accountability tool.

Our Favorite “Back-to-School” Posts

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Whether you’re already back in school or returning in the next two weeks, I’ve rounded up some of our team’s best blog posts that will help you launch & sustain writing workshop in 2018-19.

Our Job: Noticers-in-Chief

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Whether or not you have started school already or you are taking those final deep breaths before your first day, let us remember one thing that sets us writing workshop teachers apart from other methodologies, curricula, programs, and/or approaches to teaching writing: we NOTICE.

Quick Tip: Twitter Digital Notebook

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Do you wish you can save all the bits of inspiration and ideas you read on Twitter? Now you can! Read on for an easy way to never lose those tweets again.

SOL Tuesday

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Be a teacher who writes! Join us for our weekly writing challenge. #sol18

Five Tips to Building a Rereading Habit

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Do you make time for your writers to reread? Rereading is one of those pieces of the workshop we might be assuming our writers are doing but direction is needed to really make it a habit. Here are five tips to give rereading a place in your writing workshop this year.

Planning for Intentionality: Elementary Planner Giveaway

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Do you have a love/hate relationship with your plan book? Are you looking to be more inspired when you jot your weekly plans? Read on to learn about the Intentional Educator Planner (Elementary) and comment for a chance to win your own copy!

My One Piece of Advice

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“If you were going to give just one piece of advice to a colleague who is just starting out with writing workshop, what would it be?”

As a literacy coach and consultant, this is a question that I have been asked again and again… and again.

And each time my answer is the same.

A Soft Start To Writing Workshop

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When thinking about the year ahead, you may be considering soft starts to the day. In this post, I share the why’s and how’s for having soft start to writing workshop.

SOL Tuesday

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Please take a moment to read a short announcement before you leave the link to your slice of life story today.

In Case You Missed it: Dreaming Big in This Year’s Writing Workshop

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Thank you for joining us for our blog series Dreaming Big in This Year’s Writing Workshop. We hope you will join us for a Twitter Chat on Monday, August 13th at 8:30 EDT. We’ll… Continue reading

This is the Year I’m Going to Make Share Time a Priority

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A glance at the clock tells me we have just three minutes to get our coats and lunches and line up. Students are still writing, but now there is no time to gather and share.  I sigh, realizing this has become a pattern; without a clear plan for making the share happen, it often does not. But all that will change because… This is the year I’m going to make share time a priority!

This is the year I’m going to organize and grow my mentor text collection.

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Think you know mentor texts?Some of the advice in this post might surprise you!

This is the Year I’m Going to Make Writing Toolkits

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Toolkits seem to be the thing that teachers want, yet keep putting off…but…

This will be the year! Grab a colleague or be my virtual buddy and follow along with a video tutorial to finally make the toolkit of your organizational dreams.

This is the year I’m going to keep better records.

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Want to keep (better) conferring records, but don’t know where to begin? This post will help you discover analog and digital record-keeping systems.
Read all the way through since there will are lots of downloadable templates to help you get started.

This is the Year I’m Going to Create and Use Strategic Writing

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“It’s a practice,” is a common refrain from the instructor in my yoga class. That being said, if my mat is anywhere close to a certain yoga rockstar, I admit it–I find myself… Continue reading

This Is the Year I’m Going to Write Alongside My Students

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When a teacher not only brings the knowledge and pedagogy to teach, but also love, passion, and an ability to demonstrate– whether it be playing an instrument, speaking another language, or writing– a certain authenticity is added. My father used to call it “walking the talk.” This week, my colleagues at Two Writing Teachers are committed to supporting teachers in dreaming big for this year’s writing workshop. Perhaps part of dream your for this year will be to authentically live the life of a writer! Here is some inspiration to make that dream a reality . . .

SOL Tuesday

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Join us by sharing a slice of your life with our community of writers.