Author Archive

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

Slice of Life Tuesday

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Write. Share. Give.

SOL Tuesday

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If it’s Tuesday, it’s time to share your slice of life stories here at #TWTBlog.

The Cupcake Metaphor

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Find out what sprinkled cupcakes and figurative language instruction have to do each other!

Tuesday SOL

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Please post a permalink to your slice of life story in the comments section of this post. Then click and comment on at least three other Slicers’ writing.

Creating Classroom Environments: Starting the Year with Empty Walls

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5 Ways to Resist the Urge to Cutify Your Classroom

Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge

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“Your life is your story. Write well. Edit often.” -Susan Statham

July Blogging Break

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It’s time for our annual co-author summer vacation. But wait, we have lots to keep you going in the meantime!

#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.