Dana’s One Little Word of 2016

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I finally found my word.  I had been looking everywhere, but my word escaped me.  I was starting to panic.  Was I going to begin 2016 wordless?   I thought about all the ways I… Continue reading

Deb’s One Little Word For 2016

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When I reflect on the flux in my life, I waiver between pure joy of what’s to come and loss of what has been. Moving forward is scary when you have so dearly loved all that has been. Just writing this makes me pause.

Write. Share. Give.

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Explore and learn. Just write.

Drumroll, Please…

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The eight of us here at Two Writing Teachers love to share our passion for the teaching of writing.  We are not paid for our work on this blog, nor do we want to… Continue reading

Write. Share. Give.

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Take some advice from a third-grader, “Pick up a pencil and paper and get to writing.”

Blogging Break

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Dear Readers, Once again, we find ourselves asking, “Where did the time go?”  We are on the cusp of a new year.   December brings many celebrations to our team of co-authors including… Continue reading

Heartfelt Gifts: Writing Presents

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My favorite gifts to give are the ones that have come from my heart and my pen!

Talking with Megan Dowd Lambert, Author of Reading Picture Books WITH Children

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I spend a lot of time writing about ways teachers can use picture books as mentor texts to lift the level of students’ writing. Today I want to share the Whole Book Approach with you since it’s a way you can enrich the read alouds you’re already doing with your students.
This post includes an interview with Megan Dowd Lambert, creator of the Whole Book Approach and a giveaway of her new book, Reading Picture Books with Children: How to Shake Up Storytime and Get Kids Talking About What They See.

Small Writers, Writing Small

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Just a quick glance through the writing in our classroom and you will feel the call for more craft, more voice and more drama in our lessons.

Write. Share. Give.

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Need some inspiration? Try my word of the day!

When to Pop Out of the Notebook

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As much as I LOVE notebooks, even I have to admit there is a time in every writer’s process when it is time to pop out of the notebook and onto a laptop or lined paper.

Personal Essay Body Paragraphs

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Where are the paragraphs and what are they suppose to look like?

Many Ways to Use “I am” Poems!

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Don’t shy away from the formulaic “I am” poem! There are so many possibilities…

Keeping a “for school” writer’s notebook

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When I first began teaching writing workshop, I brought my own writer’s notebook into class to share with my students…

Make Lab Sites Meaningful

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General tips for literacy coaches to use when facilitating writing workshop lab sites.

We Are The Authors: Publishing Decisions

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When it’s time to publish, the classroom teacher has many decisions to consider!

Write. Share. Give.

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Come share your story today!

Five Words to Get You Started with Conferring

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Keep this conferring tip in your back pocket.

Quiet Writers: What do they really need?

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Hiding in the piles of writing were quiet writers, whose empty folders cried out for help. These writers became my focus for the next two weeks, and this post. Quiet writers cry out for help in all our classrooms. Reading the work of the writers in our room was just the beginning; teaching the writer demands conversation with the writer.

End of Workshop Share & Reflection Time

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Kids learn more when they are given time to reflect on their learning, self-assess, and check in on goals they are working toward. That’s what the end of workshop share and reflection time is for, and too often it gets cut short, or left out completely.