Monthly Archive: June, 2013

July Vacation

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In an effort to make sure summer doesn’t pass us by, we’ve decided to take a month off from blogging here at Two Writing Teachers again this summer. Today is the last non-Slice of Life Story Challenge post you’ll see until Monday, August 5th. (NOTE: We’ll still be hosting the Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge during the entire month of July.)

A Dozen Book Recommendations for New Writing Teachers

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With so many fantastic books about the teaching of writing out there, how do teachers who are new to writing workshop know what to read first? Here are 12 books I think all teachers of writing should read.

Excerpts from My Keynote

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My keynote begins with a story about over-packing a diaper bag as a new mom and then pairing down the bag to the essentials once my daughter got older. From there, I talk about how I discovered that to be an effective teacher of writing, I had to be a Writer. My speech covers why I write, how to make time for a writing life, conquering the fear of writing, the Slice of Life Story Challenge, how to model writing from the heart, and the importance of putting writing at the center of everything we do in our classrooms.

Online Relationships Become Real

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{This isn’t the end of my thinking and sharing about the All-Write 2013 Summer Institute. There will be more…check Ruth Ayres Writes since we are on vacation around here throughout the month of July!} Linda Baie… Continue reading

Tuesday Slices

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#allwrite13 Notes

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If you’ve not checked out the #allwrite13 Twitter feed, then I’m not sure what you are waiting for! It is an eclectic notes page of the best of the best thinking. Throughout the… Continue reading

Slicing in the Classroom All Year Long

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The week of June 10th was hectic around here.  I had a sleuth of appointments, was doing major revisions to the keynote I’m delivering this Thursday, and was getting ready to visit family… Continue reading

Friday Favorites

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It seems like so long since I’ve sat beside Andy, a baseball game on the tv and my computer open on my lap. I came home from All-Write 2013 and after hello said,… Continue reading

Word Nerds Review + a Giveaway

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Word Nerds: Teaching All Students to Learn and Love Vocabulary is filled with fresh ideas for ways to teach vocabulary so the meanings of the words stick with kids. It is a resource that will help you develop an innovative and meaningful vocabulary curriculum for your students. Read a review of the book and preview sections of the text. Then, leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Word Nerds.

#allwrite13 Online Connections Dinner

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Since Ramona asked and she traveled all the way from Seattle, I honored her request. We went around the room and introduced ourselves. It was a big dinner party — 33 people in… Continue reading

SOLSC + a Related Giveaway

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Also, a message from Amanda Villagomez: Since first hearing about Ali Edwards right here on Two Writing Teachers as Stacey and Ruth talked about her in connection with One Little Word, I have… Continue reading

Just Write.

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I hope you are taking the summer to just write. Life is too short not to write. I’ve been percolating today’s blog post and planned to write it this afternoon. However, plans changed,… Continue reading

I survived my first Twitter Chat!

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Reflections on my first Twitter Chat: what worked well, what overwhelmed me, and some silly things I tweeted.

Thoughts on Writing from the Author of The Mighty Lalouche

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NOTE FROM STACEY: Matthew Olshan wrote The Mighty Lalouche specifically for illustrator Sophie Blackall to illustrate since he was familiar with her fascination of turn-of-the-century boxers.  My interest was piqued by this author-illustrator… Continue reading

I Be Myself (Vintage Ayres)

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I spent most of the day thinking of something inspirational to share today. I really love blogging and I look forward to thinking of ways to encourage and inspire. Unfortunately I’m out of… Continue reading

Coverage of the Core

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The New York Times and The Washington Post have been covering the Common Core a LOT lately. You’ll see, if you read them all, they provide different view points. Here are the ones… Continue reading

The Weekly Slice of Life Story Challenge

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Please leave a link to your slice of life story.

If you’re gonna write…

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Today was the first day of summer vacation at home. I spent the day writing. First working on my latest project and then working on my keynote. Now I have Celebrating Writers queued… Continue reading

Twitter Chat Preparation

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I’m stepping out of my comfort zone again.  I’ve committed to a Twitter Chat tomorrow night.  Therefore, it’s confession time.  In the year-plus I’ve been on Twitter, I’ve never participated in a Twitter… Continue reading

Friday Favorites

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Kings Island — We celebrated the first day of summer vacation yesterday. It was crazy-chaos to get out of the door after my last day of school. On Wednesday, my last day of… Continue reading