Highlights from NCTE

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We’re sharing our presentations from NCTE with you, along with quotes I jotted down from a variety of authors and literacy leaders. ALSO, take a peek at some photos from our Slicer Dinner.

I’m My Own Dog + A Giveaway

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This book will serve many purposes in your writing workshop, not the least of which is a good laugh. Comment on the post to enter the giveaway!

#TWTBlog Session at #NCTE14: Live Tweets from the Event!

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Live tweets from #NCTE14! Join us at 9:30EST at #TWTBlog.

Give It Your Best Try…And Move On!

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If you are a young kid, and you are trying to spell a word, what do you do?

Will We See You?

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We are excited to present at #NCTE14 this year. Come check out our session G.07, Saturday at 9:30!

Getting Unstuck

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“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” -Jack London

Slice of Life Story Challenge: Every Tuesday!

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Join us! Share a story from your life!

The Physical Act of Writing

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We spend lots of time talking about the writing process here at TWT. This post tackles something that has nothing to do with meaning, structure, focus, word choice, elaboration, voice, or conventions. It deals with the physical act of writing, which can be challenging for some children.

Biographies: Creating Connections

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Writers of biographies must draw their readers into the story.

Five Quick Tips to Declutter your Writing Workshop

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Feeling your writing workshop isn’t running as smoothly as it could? Now is the time to declutter.

Supporting Boy Writers: An Interview with Ralph Fletcher

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Have you ever banned a topic from your writing workshop? If you have, you’re not alone…but you may want to think twice about that policy.

Be a Teacher Who Writes Poetry

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Need some inspiration? Try writing a poem today using one of these tips for getting started!

Notice & Note and Memoir: When Reading Workshop Meets Writing Workshop

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We were in the midst of a lively mentor text analysis of James Howe’s “Everything Will Be Okay” for our just-launched memoir unit.  I was thrilled to see my sixth graders making note… Continue reading

Slice of Life Stories: Every Tuesday!

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Share your Slice of Life Story today! Post a permalink to your story in the comments section below, and comment on at least three other slices! Do you love being a part of… Continue reading

Revision Decisions Blog Tour: A Q&A with Anderson and Dean

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Revision needs to have a sense that a window of possibility is still open to allow another draft in.

ICYMI: Work Smarter, Not Harder Blog Series Recap

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In case you missed it, a recap of our Work Smarter, Not Harder Blog Series.

Work Smarter: Using Qualities of Writing to Streamline Assessment and Plan Instruction

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Dana’s Tuesday post  about commenting on student writing resonated strongly with me. I used to be that teacher who would collect students’ work, take it home, and mark it up with each and every… Continue reading

Work Smarter: How To Wrap Up A Unit of Study

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This week my colleagues and I are writing posts that we hope will make your life a little easier. We’re sharing some ways to work smarter, not harder.

Work Smarter: Picture Books That Pack a Punch + Giveaways!

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What picture books pack a punch for you in the workshop? Here are seven titles that are sure to give you bang for your buck.

Work Smarter: Use checklists throughout a unit of study …and beyond

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I’ll begin by being honest – I don’t like checklists. It’s a personal thing.  Checklists make me anxious, they fill me with the fear of impending failure. As soon as I’ve taken the… Continue reading