Dialogue in First Grade

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See how these first graders added dialogue to their narrative writing.

Student Writing Reflection

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Young learners are fascinating. One minute they’re focused and willing workers, seconds later they’re playful and silly, but watch them with their parents and they become entirely different little people, and I am reminded of how young they are. It’s for this exact reason I love working with our youngest learners. Their playful, innocent nature alongside the desire to be a “big kid” suits our job perfectly.

Three Quick Tips for Small Group Strategy Lessons

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Have you been super busy the past few weeks? I know I sure have been! So, I won’t take up any extra of your time. Here are three quick tips for small group… Continue reading

What Does it All Mean? Really?

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Sometimes the place we land isn’t where we belong, it is merely a place to pause before the real destination.

Write, Share, Give – SOLS Tuesday

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It’s Tuesday which means it is time to write your Slice, share your link, and give at least three comments to other Slicers. I know so many of us have formed friendships through… Continue reading

Putting the Exploratory Notebook into practice…with thanks to Ralph Fletcher

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Putting the Exploratory Notebook into practice…

Call For Volunteers: Will You Help?

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The ninth annual March Slice of Life Story Challenge is just around the corner! Consider joining the team to gear up for the challenge that stretches the writers inside all of us. This… Continue reading

Sometimes It’s Actually Not a Choice: Accountability in the Writing Workshop

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My goal for the next few weeks is to pay close attention to kids when they leave the meeting area to start working. How many are actually trying out the new strategy? How many are going right back to their old habits? And what can I do to coach them to try new things?

Comments Make Community!

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Comments are at the heart of blogging!

I’m Trying to Love Spiders: A Review & Giveaway

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When my principal handed me a copy of Bethany Barton’s I’m Trying to Love Spiders, I was intrigued.  She had chosen this book as our Everybody Reads title for the month and I was… Continue reading

Daring To Lift Student Learning- Choice in Writing Tools

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Teaching well demands we stay current and try new ideas. There isn’t any insurance policy that the newest strategy, book, program, or app will work for all or anyone, but we trust our education and experience, and we do what we know to be best for kids. Brené Brown in Daring Greatly says,

Risk aversion kills innovation~ Berné Brown Daring Greatly
So embrace the mess, the awkwardness, and all the uncertainties rattling in your mind and do what you trust to be best for the students in your classroom.

Tuesday Slice of Life

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“Although it’s true that those who regularly publish are writers, they don’t own writing.  Writing is for all of us.” – Tom Romano in Write What Matters Please write your Slice, share your link,… Continue reading

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.

Making Structure Visible

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Teaching structural elements sometimes takes a visual touch.

Looking for March Slice of Life Story Challenge Prize Donations

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In a few weeks, we will begin our 9th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge (SOLSC). The rewards for writing for 31 consecutive days are numerous: you will develop a writing habit, sharpen your writing skills, find your voice as a writer, belong to a writing community, receive peer feedback, and learn to savor the struggle of writing.

Betsy’s One Little Word of 2016

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All week the TWT team has been sharing our One Little Word for 2016! If you missed any be sure to take a look at the inspirational words for the new year.

Tara’s One Little Word of 2016

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In the past, I have had to go hunting for my One Little Word, but this year I just knew what it would be.

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.

Kathleen’s One Little Word of 2016

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My fourth grade self’s advice, my grandmother’s influence, participating in the Literacy Leaders’ Forum, and even a Facebook quiz and a fortune cookie have all pointed me in the direction of my One Little Word for 2016…HAPPY.

New Year, New Hashtag

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Happy New Year, Slicers.  Before you link your Slice of Life Story today, please note our new hashtag #sol16.  Please use #sol16 on Twitter to connect to other Slicers. Last year we opened… Continue reading