Seeds of Freedom: A Review & Giveaway

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Are you looking for books to add to your Black History Month book list?  Are you looking for mentor texts to teach your students certain writing crafts?  You can add Seeds of Freedom: The… Continue reading

SOL Tuesday & Slicer Swag

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Do you have a need for some Slicer swag?  Stop by and visit our new Cafepress store.  You can purchase some Slicer swag and do a good deed since all of our profits… Continue reading

A Brave Love Poem

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A lovely poem to celebrate the power of love and poetry.

Songs for Celebrating Writing

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A quick list of some favorite songs for writing celebrations, to brighten your day!

Charts and mini charts to anchor writing moves

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Last Tuesday, Clare wrote a wonderful slice of life post about what everyday learning in a classroom really looks like and feels like, aptly entitled: Learning is Managed Chaos. These lines resonated with… Continue reading

Behind the Scenes at the White House: A Q&A with Nonfiction Author Katherine L. House

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Just in time for Presidents’ Day, I chatted with nonfiction author Katherine L. House about her recent book, White House for Kids. Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win a copy of her book.

Writing to a Prompt

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Our students spend their time in choice-based, unit-driven writing workshops. They are not accustomed to writing to a prompt.

SOL Tuesday

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Before you share the link to your slice of life story today, I hope you’ll take a moment to consider doing something to give back to first-time Slicers this March.

Tuck Everlasting: 40th Anniversary Blog Tour #Tuck40th

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I miss many things about being a classroom teacher. I miss the camaraderie with the students, the collegiality with the staff, and the sense that what I’m doing really matters. I miss the… Continue reading

A Compliment Conference

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In my day-to-day teaching I often get swept up in trying to load students up with next step after next step… after next step. Sometimes, what might benefit some students most, however, is clear… Continue reading

Starting With Talk and Breaking Through Barriers

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Finding a way in to our most reluctant students is a challenge. Building relationships and breaking down barriers is our first step toward a community of learners.

Join our March SOLSC Welcome Wagon!

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The Eighth Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge is just about three weeks away.  This will be my fourth Challenge, and although I feel as though I am a somewhat seasoned slicer, I… Continue reading

All About the Paper.

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Sometimes making a small change can produce big results.

Generating Ideas: Three Strategies from PiBoIdMo

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Three strategies to generate story ideas

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 eighth March writing challenge, please take a few minutes to read this post. (NOTE: There’s a change to the way we’re doing prizes this year.)

SOL Tuesday + a Note About Comments

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We would like TWT to stay true to its mission as a place where educators who are passionate about writing can gather inspiration and share ideas. We value your participation and encourage you to comment on all our posts, and especially to comment on each other’s Slice of Life Stories. Please refer to these guidelines when commenting.

Taking Biography to the Next Level: The Cosmobiography of Sun Ra + An Interview + A Giveaway

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If you aren’t familiar with this delightful biography of Sun Ra by Chris Raschka, you should be. Learn about the ways that this book is a perfect mentor text, and hear about the writing process from the author.

Calling All Teachers! Join the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge!

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Calling all teachers and students! Join us for the March Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge!

ICYMI Aim Higher: Outgrow Old Goals and Set New Ones

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Last week Tara, Betsy, Dana, Anna, Stacey and I wrote about the importance of having writing goals for your students: how to set them, how to keep track of them, how to make them visible, and how to make them a part of your daily classroom life.

In cased you missed it, here’s a round up of our posts.

Aim Higher: Conferring and Student Goals

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So, you’ve studied your students’ writing, analyzing their work for strengths and next steps. Maybe you took home a giant stack of writers notebooks, or a huge pile of on-demand writing assessments, or maybe you’ve just finished reading their published pieces. Now what?