Conversations About Standards-Based Report Cards: Do Your Students Know How They’re Doing?

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And with November, comes report cards.

Visualizing the Plan Part Two: Drawing Lessons

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Sometimes when students visualize an elaborate plan it is frustrating when that doesn’t just happen on the page. Here are some tips to get students closer to their vision.

Student Self-Assessment: Introducing the Writing Checklist

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Ever since I first received my copy of the middle school Units of Study in Argument, Information, and Narrative Writing , this book has been in my book bag and on my desk,… Continue reading

Write, Share, Give: It’s SOL Time

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“There is, of course, always the personal satisfaction of writing down one’s experiences so they may be saved, caught and pinned under glass, hoarded against the winter of forgetfulness. Time has been cheated… Continue reading

A Sneak Peek

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Here is a Sneak Peek at our NCTE Presentation.

Writing about Reading: Considering Perspective Paves the Way for Critical Thinking

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Rubin’s vase is a famous optical illusion that can be interpreted in multiple ways. When looked at one way, it appears to be a vase. When looked at another way, it appears to… Continue reading

Creative Scheduling in Middle School

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The one question that comes up again and again, no matter what part of the country I happen to visiting, is TIME.

Visualizing a Plan

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Visualizing a plan helps students see their story before putting it to paper.

Write, Share, Give: It’s SOL time

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    WRITE a slice of life story on your own blog. SHARE a link to your post in the comments section. GIVE comments to at least three other Slicers who link below.… Continue reading

Some Notes from the September 22nd, 2014 TCRWP Conference

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Some notes from the September 22nd. TCRWP one-day conference, Units of Study: Implementing Rigorous, Coherent Writing Curriculum for Grades 6-8 presented by  Mary Ehrenworth. Something worth charting – a visual for how workshop… Continue reading

Peer Revision Groups

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A five-step process for critique groups

Creative Writing is Not Hot

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Each year for the past nineteen years, the International Reading Association has published a list of What’s Hot and What’s Not in literacy education in their magazine, Reading Today. The list is based on… Continue reading

What’s An On-Demand?

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On-demand assessments allow us to check and see, rather than speculate, on what kids already know and can do. Then we can make well-informed choices about what to teach.

A Tool for Talking During the Workshop

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Kathy Collins inspired a new writing tool in my classroom!

Write, Share, Give: It’s SOL time

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“You are an expert at your own life. Nobody else is.” –Jen Bryant

Starting the year with Slice of Life writing.

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As I mentioned in my post last week, my students’ first day of school writing surveys revealed a strong aversion to writing and a sense of “I have nothing to really write about.”… Continue reading

Will you join us for dinner?

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RSVP by 10/31 if you plan to join us for the Slicer Dinner at NCTE.

Inquiry-Based Centers in Grades 3-8

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Inquiry-based centers introduce kids to mentor texts while helping them find their own mentor texts.

Wild Things! Review and a Giveaway

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I enjoyed this book as a fan of children’s literature, but it is also a valuable resource to teachers of literacy.

Sharing the Work: Assigning Teacher Leaders for Unit Planning

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There is an adage: if the teacher is working too hard, the students aren’t working hard enough. There are many cases where this is true: in a writing conference when the teacher is… Continue reading