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.

Stepping Into Personal Essay

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GAH! I’ve never taught an essay unit! Watch me stumble, watch me fall, and watch me pick up all the pieces as they come together!

Brave Spelling

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How can we encourage our youngest writers to use brave spelling? How can we help them overcome their fear of getting it wrong?

Demonstration Writing: Sometimes They Need To See “Writing Thinking”

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Making my writing thinking visible to my students has given them another tool to “get unstuck”…

It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give

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Come join the slicing community and share your story today.

Writing Tweet Round-up

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Check out Stacey’s end-of-the-month curated collection of writing Tweets!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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On behalf of the co-author team, I’d like to thank you for your dedication to the writers you teach. As the eight of us know, the work of a teacher of writers is… Continue reading

In Thanks: Books That Built a Writing Teacher

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What are the books that have shaped you as a teacher of writing? Reflecting today, in thanks, for the authors and books that have influenced my life as a teacher.

Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge on #TWTBlog

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Welcome to the Slice of Life Story Challenge on this great Tuesday. We are so glad you are joining us today.

Living the Life of a Writer

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At this point of the school year, your writing workshop is probably in full swing.  You are chugging along through your writing curriculum, and you are probably using checklists and rubrics to assess… Continue reading

Drilling Down into the Writing

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Of the many ways I gain an understanding of my writers, my favorite and most valuable is gathering up all the writing and diving into reading ALL the students’ work.

Welcome to the World, Oliver!

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We’re throwing a virtual baby shower for Anna, who welcomed a new baby into the world yesterday.

A Short & Sweet Minilesson Formula

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There is a formula that I use, time and time again, to adapt my own minilessons. Yes, this formula helps me keep my minilessons to about ten minutes and makes planning more streamlined, but more importantly this formula helps me with one of my personal goals as a teacher: student engagement.

The View from Pennsylvania: A Trip to Highlights Foundation

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  A little over a year ago, Stacey posted about an “Unworkshop” at a place called the Highlights Foundation. Her experience sounded blissful and it soon became something on my bucket list. I… Continue reading

Quality Reading Instruction Leads to Better Writing: A Review of Jennifer Serravallo’s Independent Reading Assessment 

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When I tested Jennifer Serravallo’s Independent Reading Assessment (Scholastic), I was an immediate believer. Finally, here is a reading assessment that gives rich, clear information about upper grade readers, using an authentic reading… Continue reading

Where do your minilessons live?

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How do we keep these minilessons alive for our kids? What do we do to make sure our kids have these anchor charts to reference as they begin drafting, revising, editing?