Conferring Toolkits: Mentor Texts

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Two elements form the very heart of every conference: the student, and the mentor text I can use to nudge her writing piece forward. …

Conferring Toolkits: Record Keeping

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Handwritten vs. Digital? How do you keep records of your conferences?

Conferring Toolkits: Cheat Sheets

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Add some cheat sheets to your Conferring Toolkits

Conferring Toolkits: Creating Visuals for Teaching Tools

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In the case of explaining a strategy, a tip, or a writing insight, a picture is often worth a thousand words. Or more!

Conferring Toolkits: Supplies and How to Use Them

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Here’s a list of things in my conferring toolkit! What’s in yours?

Slice of Life Tuesday

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Write, Share, Give

Conferring Toolkits: Class Stories, Shared Writing and Interactive Writing

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Whether it’s storytelling, or shared writing, or interactive writing, any piece of writing that your whole class created together is going to be extremely helpful to have at your fingertips while you are moving about the classroom conferring.

Blog Series: A Peek Inside Conferring Toolkits

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This week my friends and I at Two Writing Teachers will take you on a tour of our writing toolkits. You won’t want to miss a single post this week!

Want to write for TWT?

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We’re expanding our co-author team to include another one (or two) classroom teacher voices. If you’re interested, please fill out the form contained in this post by Friday, May 15th.

Putting Into Practice What I Learned about Authentic Information Writing From Ralph Fletcher

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The Monday morning after Ralph Fletcher’s presentation on Authentic Information Writing at Vassar College, I gathered my sixth graders at our reading area and shared what I had heard and learned….

What should I teach next?

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There are a few weeks left in the school year. Here are some tips for working through the If… Then… books if you’d like to plan your own unit of study.

Learning From Ralph Fletcher: Teaching Authentic Information Writing

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Two weekends ago, thanks to Bonnie Kaplan and the Hudson Valley Writing Project, I had the great pleasure of attending Ralph Fletcher’s presentation: “Making Nonfiction from Scratch: How Can We Give Students the Time, the Tools, and the Vision They Need in Order to Create Authentic Information Writing?” I knew it would be a great morning of learning …

Conferring with Young Writers

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A peek into a coaching cycle centered on writing conferences with first graders.

Write, Share, Give

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Reminder: Our TWT family is expanding. If you are interested in sharing your love for writing workshop, working with kids and inspiring others through your teaching we hope to hear from you. Here… Continue reading

Growing Students Who Love Poetry

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  Back in March, I had the pleasure of attending the Michigan Reading Association conference in Grand Rapids, MI. I had been preparing my own presentation for the event and had neglected to… Continue reading

Reading & Writing Connections: Getting to Know a Character on the Outside and the Inside

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“Writers,” Ali said as she leaned in close to teach her second graders, “I’ve got an important tip for you about your realistic fiction characters. You’ve done such a great job describing what they are… Continue reading

Throwback Week: NOTICE & NOTE AND MEMOIR–WHEN READING WORKSHOP MEETS WRITING WORKSHOP

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Let’s check in on a moment in Tara’s class from early November of last year as she shares connections between reading and writing workshop.

Throwback Week: Be A Teacher Who Writes Poetry

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Be a teacher who writes poetry and share it with your students.

THROWBACK WEEK: Pens Versus Pencils

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What do you think is better for kids to use in writing workshop: pens or pencils?

Throwback Week: Exploring Content-Based Poetry

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This Throwback Post written by Anna is sure to inspire you during National Poetry Month!