Teacher Testimony: Christi Overman.

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Today, Christi Overman spoke to the teachers in the Beginning Writing Workshop Training. A year ago, Christi occupied a seat in the workshop. At the time she thought she would be teaching kindergarten… Continue reading

Stacey’s M.M. Post: Growing Up… Literally

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(I’m using Ruth’s “I Remember” Memoir Post from last week to help me set up my post today. I figured this would be a nice way to show how other teachers’ writing can… Continue reading

Collecting Ephemera.

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Today I asked a classroom of students to bring in artifacts from their lives.  I asked the classroom full of teachers to do the same.  I’m going to hunt for a few items… Continue reading

Beginning Training: Day One.

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Just a little FYI, to let you know that I posted a couple of the slide presentations from day one of the Beginning Writing Workshop Training. Here’s the link to the Presentations Page… Continue reading

Routines and Structures: Things to Teach Kids in September So Your Year Is a Breeze!

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I was doing some thinking this morning about the routines I’ll need to rehearse with my students this-coming September. My mind went from general (e.g., walking in the hallways, fire drills) to the… Continue reading

It’s “Memoir Mondays” Time!

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It’s Monday, so therefore it’s time for MEMOIR MONDAYS! Need inspiration? Just click here! NOTE: We’ve been having trouble with Mr. Linky, so if you’d like others to read your post, then please… Continue reading

Those Shoes: The Mentor Text Teaching Document

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I worked on the Reading-Writing Connections Document for Those Shoes until 12:30 a.m. Here are two examples of the way I set it up: Craft Move Page Number(s) Why the Author Might Be… Continue reading

A Lot of Slow to Grow.

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I love Eve Merriam’s work. Here is one of my favorites, which I will be sharing with the teachers attending the Beginning Workshop Training that starts Monday. A Lazy Thought By Eve Merriam… Continue reading

Scheduling Time for Yourself As the New School Year Approaches

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I just finished reading the July 2008 Issue of Real Simple, which I’ve been subscribing to for years. Since I didn’t start it until AUGUST, I realized that the cover story “More free… Continue reading

The Makings of a TRUE Mentor Text

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I realize I’m a bit late to the “Those Shoes Party,” which is a touching text written by Maribeth Boelts and illustrated by Noah Z. Jones. Those Shoes was published in 2007 and… Continue reading

“Day in a Sentence”: The Release of the Sentences

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Hosting “Day in a Sentence” has given me an opportunity to view new blogs from around the country (and world). I’m thrilled Kevin gave me the chance to host it here this week.… Continue reading

Inspiration

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A couple of weeks ago I found myself in my parents’ home staring at the inside of the door jam that leads to their laundry room. It still held the markings my father… Continue reading

Thank You!

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Just a little post to say THANKS for all of the positive, kind, and encouraging comments with regards to our blog and new website.  We appreciate the “fuel” your comments give. — Ruth… Continue reading

Get More Tools at http://twowritingteachers.com!

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Last August we made our blog live. This August, we’re delighted to announce the launch of Two Writing Teachers — The Website! Essentially, our new website is a place where you can go… Continue reading

The First P.F. of August

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This poem was mentioned when Michelle commented on Ruth’s Post, “Be a Writer,” yesterday evening. Miracle Workers by Taylor Mali Sunday nights I lie awake— as all teachers do— and wait for sleep… Continue reading

Be A Writer.

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This past week Stacey has posted several great ideas about ways she is going to get her students excited about writing.  If you’ve not seen them, then check out her posts from this… Continue reading

Ruth’s Day in a Sentence.

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Head spinning with ideas and plans and items to do, while attempting to balance my many roles.

Teachers & Writers: V39, #3

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If you haven’t already seen the Summer 2008 Issue of Teachers & Writers, which is published by the Teachers & Writers Collaborative, then I HIGHLY suggest picking it up soon. The Summer Issue… Continue reading

Inspiring Words for the Inside of Students’ Writer’s Notebooks

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For the past two years I’ve included “My Writer’s Notebook/Diamond Search” by Brod Bagert inside of every student’s writer’s notebook. However, in addition to Barert’s Poem this year, I’m also going to be… Continue reading

A Call for “Day in a Sentence” Submissions

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We’re happy to be hosting “Day in a Sentence” here at Two Writing Teachers this week. If you’re new to “Day in a Sentence,” which is similar to “Poetry Friday,” then just follow… Continue reading