ALL WRITE!!! Daring Greatly

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  On Wednesday my students, for two years, will be getting on their bus and riding home after our final day together. It will be bittersweet as I give them my last hug… Continue reading

TWT post: Google docs + writing workshop = happy writing teacher (and happy writing students)

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When I was asked to pilot Google docs in the last month of our school year, I was enthusiastic… but also a bit blasé. It seemed like a wonderful “new thing”, and although… Continue reading

Five on Friday + Book Giveaways

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Want to obtain some high quality professional development at no cost to you? Need some books to sink your teeth into this summer? Feel like kicking back and just enjoying some time off? If you answered “yes,” to one of these questions, then read on!

Office Work

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I love the idea of spending the first several days of school learning how to be a writer. By studying other writers’ processes, we can begin to demystify the act of writing.

A Recipe for a School-wide Writing Celebration

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This recipe for a school-wide writing celebration offers one idea for a way to include all students without the anxiety that often comes from presenting in front of a large group. Also, it is easy to prepare and the outcome is delicious!

SOLS and an Invitation

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Write, Share, Give

Summer Writing for You, the Teacher

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You’ve got to practice writing to teach writing!

How About a Critique Group: Fostering Teacher Writers

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Are you ready to join a writing critique group? Take the plunge and sign up as we start you on a new writing journey!

Book Review: Linda Rief – Read Write Teach

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“I must be what I teach: writer, reader,speaker, listener.” – Linda Rief Teaching our kids to read and write with commitment and passion is an ever evolving labor of love.  There are so… Continue reading

The Writers’ Exchange

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The Writers’ Exchange makes writing fun for kids while building their confidence. Want to know how they’re doing it? Read this Q&A with the organization’s co-founders.

More Talk

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What is the role of talk in your writing workshop? Do you talk about your ideas before writing?

An End of the Year Writing Check

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At the end of the school year, we are often faced with pages and pages of student writing. Most of it may have gone home already, but now is a great time to… Continue reading

Time to Write, Share & Give

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Share your Slice of Life Story today.

Get Out Your Calendars! It’s June Planning Time!

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If we do nothing else, we do this one thing…Read this post to find out what it is!

Have You Used Prezi?

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I had heard of Prezi. I thought about Prezi. I used Powerpoint anyway. I am preparing a presentation for July and had it practically done in Powerpoint. I was happy with the muted… Continue reading

Curating a year of writing: assembling writing portfolios and time for reflection

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With two weeks left in our school year, it is at last time to begin putting together our writing portfolios, setting aside some time to time travel through our year of writing workshop,… Continue reading

Five on Friday: Travel Edition

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A recent visit to San Francisco inspired me to think about oral story telling, publishing, an persuasive writing. Here are five things my trip left me thinking about. PLUS, leave a comment on this blog post for a chance to win a copy of a new picture book from Chronicle Books.

Quick and Easy Summer Writing Idea for our Youngest Students

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This nighttime drawing journal is the perfect summer keepsake for our youngest writers.

Writing Fiction? Author Megan Jean Sovern Provides a Host of Inspiration

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Today’s interview holds a host of insights into the way in which Megan Jean Sovern, author of The Meaning of Maggie, develops characters, brings themes to the fore, and plans plot trajectory. Suffice it to say, I came away more than a little inspired.

It’s Time for the Tuesday Slice of Life Challenge

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Welcome to the Tuesday Slice of Life Challenge! Did you know that there have been quite a few newcomers in the past few weeks? Take some time to spread the love by visiting at… Continue reading