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1. A Book for Passionate Creators + a Giveaway

Have you lost your muse? Create Now is the kind of book you need to help you transform your creative process and get you inspired to write.

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2. When Revision Doesn’t Work

I used to think professional workshops were where you would go to get answers, but now I know that the best ones are where you find more questions.

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3. Looking at Student Writing

Comparing two writing samples may be as effective as scoring using a rubric

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4. SOL Tuesday & 3 Weeks Until the March Challenge Begins

When you're writing a slice of life, it can be about something ordinary. Please don't wait until something extraordinary happens to you to share a slice of life story here. That's not what slicing is about. Sharing the ordinary is more than okay... it's what slicing is all about!

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5. ICYMI: Discovering the Writer’s Life Blog Series Recap

It's difficult to consider yourself a writer isn't it? As I read the post in this series I related to each of my co-author's posts. Considering yourself a reader seems natural to many of us; but calling yourself a writer is personal and difficult.

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6. Lessons from Characters Who Are Writers: Discovering the Writer’s Life

Kids often feel as though that they are the only ones who have ever been stuck for ideas, or been laughed at, or had a story rejected (by a teacher, or friend). No matter where you live, no matter what you write, there is no need to discover every writing problem all on your own. That's where characters in books come in. Why not learn from them?

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7. Using Artifacts and Photos to Inspire Writing: Discovering the Writer’s Life

Using artifacts and photos from our life allows us to reconnect with stories and breathes in new life to our writer's notebooks.

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8. So, Why Do I Write? Discovering the Writer’s Life

When the co-authors of Two Writing Teachers invited me to join the team, I was overwhelmed. When Julie Johnson asked me to co-author an iBook through the Columbus Area Writing Project, I was again submerged in fear. I found myself wondering if these writers had read my writing. I mean, if they had read my ramblings on my personal blog they wouldn't be inviting me, right? Do writers ever lose their doubts?

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We spend so much of our writing workshop time focused on craft moves, and how to make our writing engaging and beautiful; but I want my kids to know that the writer’s life is also about paying attention to the world...

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10. Notebooks on Field Trips: Discovering the Writer’s Life

One of my favorite things about being a classroom teacher was taking educational field trips with my students. One year, I took my fifth grades on 20-25 field trips around the five boroughs… Continue reading

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11. Breathing Life Back into Notebooks: Discovering the Writer’s Life

In the middle of the school year, how can we breathe new life and energy into writer's notebooks?

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12. SOL Tuesday & Four Weeks Until the March Challenge Begins

In February, there are always new people testing the Slicing waters as March draws nearer. They’re trying to determine whether or not they feel comfortable writing publicly. If you see someone who leaves a comment that says something like, “This is my first slice,” today or Tuesday, please head over to their blog to leave them a comment sicne it's both exciting and intimidating to put your words out in the world.

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13. Keeping a Class List of Writing Ideas: Discovering the Writer’s Life Blog Series

One way to show students how to live a writer's life

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14. Discovering the Writer’s Life Blog Series

How do you encourage your students to live a writerly life? Check out this week's blog series.

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15. Writing Tweet Roundup

Check out Deb's end-of-the-month curated collection of writing Tweets!

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16. Last Call for the Welcome Wagon!

Will you help us welcome new Slicers this March?

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17. The Schedule: How Do You Fit it All In?

In this post, I share several examples of daily schedules, along with links to other resources.

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18. Story: Still the Heart of Literacy Learning

Take a little tour with me as I share highlights from this new book by Katie Egan Cunningham.

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19. Dialogue in First Grade

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

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20. Should Teachers Be Writers?

Is it important that teachers who teach writing actually write?

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21. Join Our Writing Community!

Calling all educators! Whether you're thinking about joining our writing community or coming back for your ninth March writing challenge, please take a few minutes to read this post. (NOTE: There's a change about who can participate in the individual challenge this year.)

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22. SOLS

Today is Tuesday which means it is time to write your Slice, share your link, and give at least three comments to other bloggers.  Don’t forget to click on some unfamiliar names in the… Continue reading

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This March marks the fourth year of the classroom version of the Slice of Life Story Challenge, or Classroom SOLSC. We hope that many of you will join the challenge with your classes!

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24. Join the Fourth Annual Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge!

This March marks the fourth year of the classroom version of the Slice of Life Story Challenge, or Classroom SOLSC. We hope that many of you will join the challenge with your classes!

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25. Starting with Story

I recently had the pleasure of attending the 25th Annual Comprehensive Literacy and Reading Recovery Conference in Illinois.  One of the sessions I attended was led by the brilliant and endearing Christopher Lehman.  His session centered… Continue reading

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