Storytelling Starter Pack: Making the Leap

If you’re trying to reach reluctant writers with “nothing to write,” pushing students to use craft and voice in writing, or just hoping to make the writing process creative and fun, storytelling may be your answer. Taking the leap is easier than you think!

academic choice · apps · audience · authentic assessment · authentic writing · creativity · digital tools · digital writing · Intentional Teaching · minilesson · writing workshop

Yes &… with Digital Tools We Can

As we set off to create writers who write in tandem with the printed world and the digital world there are a few we need to consider.

personalization · technology · writing workshop

8 Great Ways to Meet Writers Where They Are

Throughout the conference, I watched, listened, and played with digital tools and all along I thought about our students and how digital tools have the capability to make all students feel successful.  I was in awe of the opportunities digital devices bring to our classrooms.

challenges · classroom environment · community · writing workshop

The Six Week Check-in

Many of us are fast approaching the sixth week of school. Many of us consider that the first of countless milestones in our school year. Six weeks in, routines are beginning to solidify, and we see signs of a coalescing community in our classrooms. Six weeks in, we  are building rapport and connections with our… Continue reading The Six Week Check-in

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So, Why Do I Write? Discovering the Writer’s Life

When the co-authors of Two Writing Teachers invited me to join the team, I was overwhelmed. When Julie Johnson asked me to co-author an iBook through the Columbus Area Writing Project, I was again submerged in fear. I found myself wondering if these writers had read my writing. I mean, if they had read my ramblings on my personal blog they wouldn't be inviting me, right?
Do writers ever lose their doubts?

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Making space for writing (lots of it) in Social Studies

I love teaching writing and reading workshop, but there’s a special place in my heart for the third subject I teach: social studies.  Part of the reason for this is just a love of history, and part of the reason is because it allows me to reach into my reading/writing bag of tricks in order… Continue reading Making space for writing (lots of it) in Social Studies

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Introduction: Beth Moore

Hello Readers! Please allow me to introduce myself. I am thrilled to become a part of this fabulous team of teachers and writers. It is such an honor to be a part of this fantastic project. I have always wanted to be a writer. At seven or eight years old, I used to spend whole days… Continue reading Introduction: Beth Moore

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Reflecting on Reading Like a Writer

So I took some time to create a video about the system I created in order to track and reflect on my summer reading. Because I pushed myself to reflect in a new medium, I feel like I dug deeper into the work I've done with reading like a writer. (I hope it's not too… Continue reading Reflecting on Reading Like a Writer

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Weekly Challenges

Some writers live a solitary life. Many write in isolation and put their work out into the world only when they feel it's, well, perfect. As a reader of the Two Writing Teachers Blog, I have a feeling you are aware that Ruth and I have been trying to ensure that teachers of writing do… Continue reading Weekly Challenges