A Year of “Slice of Life” in the classroom.

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It’s finally summer in most school districts, and every teacher I know seems to have closed the classroom door to daily school life…and opened another to summer relaxation, reading, and PD (I am… Continue reading

A Picture Book That Pushes the Growth Mindset

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The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires will help you to initiate a conversation with about the importance of possessing a growth mindset. It’s also a fantastic mentor text for writing workshop!

PD at a Glance

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Carl Anderson suggests three lenses to look through when conferring with a student.

Ending a Year of Teaching Writing with a Group Reflection

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One thing I love so much about being an educator is the cyclical nature of the school year. The beginning of the year brings promise, renewed energy, and a certain mania. The middle… Continue reading

Slice of Life Tuesday

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“With every story, I began to form myself from the inside out.” ~Dani Shapiro, Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life I love this quote from Dani Shapiro.   Each Tuesday,… Continue reading

How To Read A Unit of Study

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As the school year comes to a close, many of the schools I work with are launching into a week or so of in-service, summer institutes, and other professional development. It’s “curriculum season”… Continue reading

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!