Being an Illustrator on Both Sides of the Fence

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Mike Curato, author and illustrator of the Little Elliot books, steps into TWT’s Author Spotlight today.

Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge

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Join us! If you’re new to our community, you’ll love reading what other educators have written.

Nature Writing for All Ages and Stages

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In our family, bringing along a small notebook or a journal when we travel has become a tradition. Maybe you’ll make it part of your summer plans as well.

Art Journaling – A Summer Holiday Writing Idea

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Are you worried about how much learning loss in writing will greet you after the summer break? Has your idea bank of ideas to gone dry?

Summer Writing Goals

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This year, they were going to be the first group of 5th graders to break the summer curse.

The Importance of the Notebook

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My hope is that my students leave knowing more about themselves as writers and as people…that they have used the pages of their notebook to find answers to questions. Have you written in your notebook today?

Diving Into Kidblogs

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As the year winds down, I am reflecting on our classroom blogging experience and what I’ve learned.

What Gifted Writers Need

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These young students come to me ready to write. They just need permission.

Third Grade Writing Units of Study – A First Look

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Our guest blogger takes a look at the 3rd grade Units Of Study

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

Blogging Adventures

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What challenges do your student bloggers face? How are you supporting their growth as blog writers?

Setting the Stage for Summer: Write from the Start!

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So I stepped back and let the writers get to work. The chatter was about organizing notebooks, planning where they like to write and sharing writing over the summer.

The end of the year writing survey: looking back to plan ahead

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Next week, as we wrap up our writing workshop year and prepare for our final writing celebration, I will have one last task for my kids: the end of the year survey…

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.

Saying Thanks

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As the end of the year approaches, some of my colleagues have taken the time to acknowledge my efforts as their literacy coach.  You see, I will not be returning to the school… Continue reading

Patience + Perseverance + Passion = Publication

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Karen Beaumont, who is known for her lively and celebratory picture books, reminds us that with patience, perseverance, and passion, you WILL prevail.

Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge

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Share a story with us today, and every Tuesday.

What Will You Write This Summer?

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Glue your butt to the chair, every day, or at least once a week, and you will not only become a better writer–you’ll become a better teacher of writing.

Burning Stories

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What’s your burning story?

The End of Year Poem: Crafting that “last message”

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So, we are all winding down the school year these days. The end of year projects, festivities, packing up, and cleaning out plans are in full swing in my classroom at the moment…and my thoughts are beginning to turn to that last rite of the school year: the goodbye message…