Author Archive

#TWTBlog 3.0

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It’s my pleasure to announce the classroom teachers who will join our co-author team!

A Virtual Publishing Celebration

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It’s hard to have a publishing celebration for people who live miles apart from you. Therefore, a virtual publishing party is the best I can do for Anna and Beth today. Please stop by to leave a congratulatory comment for them since their books have been published.

Four Books for Your Summer Reading List

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These four titles are inspirational and useful resources for teachers. Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win one of them.

Sustaining a Writing Habit

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Do you need help sustaining a writing habit? Take a lesson from Jerry Seinfeld & “don’t break the chain.”

Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge

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“Allow beauty to shatter you regularly. The loveliest people are the ones who have been burnt and broken and torn at the seams yet still send their open hearts into the world to mend with love again, and again, and again. You must allow yourself to feel your life while you’re in it.” -Victoria Frederickson

Give yourself a pat on the back!

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Take some time to celebrate what your students have accomplished, thanks to your teaching, in writing workshop. Name something — big or small — you’re proud of from this school year.

Talking About Unlikely Mentors with Lisa Eickholdt

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Using students’ writing as mentor texts builds kids’ self-esteem and lifts the level of writing of every other student in the room.

Reflecting: What kind of writer am I?

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Before you plan to ask your students to reflect on the kinds of writers they are (for their end-of-year self-assessments), be sure you ask yourself “What kind of writer am I?”

Goals & Techniques Cards

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Reflecting on my first experience using TCRWP’s goals & technique cards for informational writing with a small group of writers.

Conferring Toolkits: Record Keeping

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Handwritten vs. Digital? How do you keep records of your conferences?

Want to write for TWT?

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We’re expanding our co-author team to include another one (or two) classroom teacher voices. If you’re interested, please fill out the form contained in this post by Friday, May 15th.

What should I teach next?

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There are a few weeks left in the school year. Here are some tips for working through the If… Then… books if you’d like to plan your own unit of study.

THROWBACK WEEK: Pens Versus Pencils

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What do you think is better for kids to use in writing workshop: pens or pencils?

Quick Tips for Writing Teaching Points

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A guide to crafting your own teaching points for 1:1 conferences, strategy lessons, minilessons, mid-workshop interruptions, and share sessions.

Expanding Our Team

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Are you interested in joining the TWT Co-Author Team?

Q&A with Robert Burleigh + a Book Giveaway

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I’ve been a fan of Robert Burleigh‘s writing for the past few years. I was delighted to receive an advance review copy of Trapped! A Whale’s Rescue, his newest picture book that’s out later… Continue reading

April Vacation

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We’re taking a week off from blogging to catch our breath after the SOLSC (aka: our version of an ultra marathon!).

7 Habits of an Effective Writing Critique Group

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I’ve learned a few things about myself as a writer and a group member by being part of a writing critique group for the past nine months.

A Quick Guide Workshop Lingo, Part II

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Have you ever wondered what some of the writing workshop lingo means? Here’s another look at some commonly used workshop jargon.

Day 10 of the March SOLSC! #SOL15

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It’s been a pleasure hosting the first ten days of the SOLSC. Betsy will take over the hosting duties starting tomorrow. The posts will still go live at 12:01 a.m., but they’ll come from Betsy, not me.