Fox’s Garden Book Review and Giveaway!

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Give a wordless book a try during your next writing workshop and see the possibilities.

SOL Tuesday

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We’re still selling Slice of Life t-shirts ($20) on Ink to the People. All of the proceeds from the shirt will benefit the Pajama Program.

So, what does it take to be a great writing teacher? Students’ point of view.

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For the past many years, writing workshop in our middle school ended in sixth grade.  They would, of course, continue to write in seventh grade, but that every other day of writing workshop… Continue reading

5 Ideas to Create a Classroom of Writers

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How do you help your students establish their identity as writers?

More Ways to Write About Reading

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I remember now why it is important to keep a reader’s notebook.

Information Writing: Upping the Ante on Text Features

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It’s likely that in many writing workshop classrooms, the year is launching with narrative writing. Coming just around the bend, perhaps very soon for teachers who began the school year in early August, is expository… Continue reading

Okay, But What Would You Do?

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This week has been full of writing workshop conundrums and dilemmas!

Chalk-A-Bration: Poetry and Chalk Celebration

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Celebrate Chalketry on the last day of each month!

Would You Like a Slice of Life T-Shirt?

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Do good while professing your love of Slice of Life Story writing. All proceeds from the sale of this t-shirt will benefit the Pajama Program.

Setting up the reading journal for a year of writing about reading

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Ever since I began teaching, my students’ reading journals have been as much “the gateway to all the work we will be doing from September to June” (to borrow a phrase from a… Continue reading

Back to School

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I’ve culled the TWT archives for posts you might want to read during the first month of the school year.

You don’t have to write, you get to write.

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After your students decorate their writer’s notebooks and you review your expectations, the notebooks go home.  This is exciting!  Who doesn’t love writing in a new notebook?!!? I’ll tell ya, there are plenty of… Continue reading

A Peek Inside My Writer’s Notebook

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Launching writer’s notebooks by giving kids a peek into my own

Beginning a Year of Teaching Writing with Reflection

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What goals will you set for your practice this year? Here are a few suggestions.

Minilessons: It’s All About the Link

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It’s all about the link. Make sure your minilessons link to ongoing work. Link to making choices. Link to all the other minilessons. Link to the charts and resources in the room. Most of all link your minilesson always to problem solving and independence.

Kindergarten Writing Workshop: The First Weeks

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What is the breakdown of your first two-three weeks of workshop? Here’s a peek into my plans for my kindergarten students.

It’s Tuesday! Write your Slice. Share your Link. Give your Comments.

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Please write your Slice of Life Story, share your link, and give at least 3 comments to other Slicers.

Unworkshop

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Wouldn’t it be great to escape for a few days to just write? Oh, do I have a place for you! You won’t have to cook a single meal, it’s tranquil, there’s wifi, AND it’s affordable.

Beginning Year Read Alouds

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A list of beginning of the year read aloud books to set a positive climate and kick start your workshop.

Table Conferences: An Important Coaching Move at the Start of the Year

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Over the summer, we catch up on professional reading, we organize our classrooms, we make plans. In our reading and our planning, we imagine the very best possible scenarios. We see our children working… Continue reading