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SOL Tuesday & 3 Weeks Until the March Challenge Begins

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When you’re writing a slice of life, it can be about something ordinary. Please don’t wait until something extraordinary happens to you to share a slice of life story here. Sharing the ordinary is more than okay… it’s what slicing is all about!

Notebooks on Field Trips: Discovering the Writer’s Life

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One of my favorite things about being a classroom teacher was taking educational field trips with my students. One year, I took my fifth grades on 20-25 field trips around the five boroughs… Continue reading

SOL Tuesday & Four Weeks Until the March Challenge Begins

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In February, there are always new people testing the Slicing waters as March draws nearer. They’re trying to determine whether or not they feel comfortable writing publicly. If you see someone who leaves a comment that says something like, “This is my first slice,” today or Tuesday, please head over to their blog to leave them a comment sicne it’s both exciting and intimidating to put your words out in the world.

Join Our Writing Community!

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Calling all educators! Whether you’re thinking about joining our writing community or coming back for your ninth March writing challenge, please take a few minutes to read this post. (NOTE: There’s a change about who can participate in the individual challenge this year.)

What do I do with all of my students’ writing?

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Are you feeling inundated with paper in your writing workshop? Here are some quick tips to help you help your students organize their writing so that their desks and writing folders are less cluttered.

Stacey’s One Little Word of 2016

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Expressing thanks for the big things, and seemingly insignificant things, can lead to happiness.

Talking with Megan Dowd Lambert, Author of Reading Picture Books WITH Children

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I spend a lot of time writing about ways teachers can use picture books as mentor texts to lift the level of students’ writing. Today I want to share the Whole Book Approach with you since it’s a way you can enrich the read alouds you’re already doing with your students.
This post includes an interview with Megan Dowd Lambert, creator of the Whole Book Approach and a giveaway of her new book, Reading Picture Books with Children: How to Shake Up Storytime and Get Kids Talking About What They See.

Make Lab Sites Meaningful

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General tips for literacy coaches to use when facilitating writing workshop lab sites.

Writing Tweet Round-up

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Check out Stacey’s end-of-the-month curated collection of writing Tweets!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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On behalf of the co-author team, I’d like to thank you for your dedication to the writers you teach. As the eight of us know, the work of a teacher of writers is… Continue reading

Welcome to the World, Oliver!

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We’re throwing a virtual baby shower for Anna, who welcomed a new baby into the world yesterday.

New Mentor Texts for Information Writing

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The books featured in this post, all of which were published in 2015, represent a variety of information writing. All of these are texts that can pull double- and even triple-duty in your classroom, thereby allowing you to use a text during read-aloud time so you can revisit it during a writing workshop minlesson and/or in a content area.

Teacher-Written Mentor Texts: Diving into Information Writing

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I’ve long believed teacher-written texts can serve as excellent mentor texts during a unit of study. While I’m a huge advocate of student-written mentor texts, sometimes student writing doesn’t have everything we need… Continue reading

Writing Lessons Inspired by Guy Fieri

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We can teach students about improving their writing process and to write with detail and voice by watching Guy Fieri on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”

Writing in Preschool — Part of #TWTBlog’s Throwback Week

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Betsy Hubbard wrote a series of posts on writing in preschool last year. Her preschool series was not only informative about the ways to teach writing to three- and four-year-olds, but it conveyed a deep and genuine respect for our youngest learners. Let’s take a look back at what Betsy had to say about these emerging writers.

A New Mentor Text for Opinion Writing

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Finally! I’ve found a new picture book I can use in opinion writing units of study. Learn more about One Word from Sophia by Averbeck and Ismail in this post. Then, leave a comment on this post for a chance to win a copy of this book.

Get REALLY Good at Conferring

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Are you new to writing workshop? Are you trying to get better at conferring? Are you having a tough time making conferring work for you? I’ve got seven tips to help you become a stronger conferrer.

How does your school mark September 11th?

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I’m compiling a list of tributes classroom teachers and schools do to mark the September 11th Anniversary. Please leave a comment on this post adding what you (and/or your colleagues) do to commemorate this solemn day.

Walk Like a Writer

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Observational walking is useful for professional writers and it can be good for students too!
This fall, head outside with your students for a walk around your school’s neighborhood. But first, read ASK ME by Bernard Waber and Suzy Lee! (Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win a copy of this book.)

Moving from Partnerships to Peer Conferring

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I attended Kathleen Tolan’s “Once You Have Taught Workshops for Years, How Do You Go from Good to Great? Tap the Power of Peer Conferring and Supporting Student Independence and Goal-Setting.” Workshop at… Continue reading