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1. Writing Our Way to Goodbye

Today is my last day of school! My third grade students and I have been writing our way towards goodbye over the last few weeks.

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2. Reflecting & Raising Clarity: Parent Communication

I began to see what my parent communication was missing. The families have various opportunities to see what we do in first grade, but I have not provided consistent access to the thinking and rationale behind my teaching practices.

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3. Welcome to SOL Tuesday!

Writing isn't magic, yet your writing can only exist with you.

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4. Show Up and Do the Work

A lesson from Kate DiCamillo

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5. SUMMER LEARNING PLANS

As I looked ahead and began to attempt to set goals for the upcoming school year I realized I needed a plan. What is your summer learning plan?

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6. Literacy Coaches: Three Ideas for Next Year’s Goals

Are you a literacy coach? Here are three ideas to try next year.

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7. Writing with Emotion: A Review & a Giveaway of Ida, Always

Ida, Always is a gentle and honest picture book for helping young children deal with and talk about loss. It's also an excellent mentor text you can use in writing workshop.

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8. Respect, React, and Write–My Three Reflections

Three important reflections inspired by teaching poetry to fifth-grade writers

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9. Summer Writing: A Confession and a Goal

All of us at Two Writing Teachers are thinking about and planning for summer writing. Summer writing inspiration for our students and summer writing goals for ourselves. Kathleen wrote this fabulous post about using… Continue reading

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10. Welcome to SOL Tuesday!

Let your stories flow from your mind to your fingers and let them all surprise you.

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11. Go-To Digital Tools for Writing Workshop

Digital tools can transform your teaching by allowing students to have a writing community beyond the classroom walls, be innovative, make meaningful connections to other writers and students, have more resources readily available, and have true, authentic reasons for writing.

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12. Reflections and Refinements: The Year Ahead

I packed the books, cleared the tables and turned in my keys. It's an official end to the school year. As I sit down in my car, my head, and my heart begins to reflect on the year, the successes, the trials and what could've been

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13. DIY Literacy: A Review & Giveaway

DIY Literacy will give you the tools you need to reach all your students

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14. Expository Leads + Giveaways!

Challenging students to push past their safe zones of writing has been a challenge all year. We all reaped some great rewards as the year came to a close.

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15. Summer Writing Bucket List

What's on your summer writing bucket list? You don't need to have a novel hiding in your desk drawer to call yourself a writer. All the small things add up. If you don't have a list going already, here's a little inspiration for Summer 2016.

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16. Classroom Takeaways from #NJSCBWI16

Sharing some highlights from the New Jersey Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Annual Conference, which took place this past weekend.

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17. Welcome to SOL Tuesday!

WRITE a slice of life story on your own blog. SHARE a link to your post in the comments section. GIVE comments to at least three other SOLS bloggers.   * * *… Continue reading

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18. Ideas and Inspirations for Summer Writing

Ideas and Inspirations for Summer Writing

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19. One Little Word Check-In

Have you checked in on your OLW?

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20. SOL Tuesday + Some Announcements

Link-up to our weekly writing challenge right here.

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21. If Your School Year Were a Book: Endings

As the end of this particular school year draws near, you might think about the qualities of your favorite stories to help you plan an ending that is meaningful for your students.

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22. Nerdy Birdy: A Review & Giveaway

When I first opened Nerdy Birdy by Aaron Reynolds, I was not (yet) reading it with the eye of a writer.  I was way too smitten with the bird on the front cover.  I mean,… Continue reading

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23. QR Coding Our Way to Summer Writing!

QR Codes might just be the way to help summer writers keep writing!

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24. A Year of Writing: A Week of Reflection

As I confer with each writer, I feel my eyes filling with tears. I show each student their writing from the first day of school and watch as their less cherubic and more mature faces brighten. "That's really my first writing in first grade?" "I didn't even use the whole page." "I can't read it." and "That doesn't look like my writing now." were typical comments.

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25. Celebrating Writers and Teachers

It’s the end of the school year and our days are full of reflections, assessments, and all kinds of celebrations. During those final days before summer vacation begins, we find many ways celebrate… Continue reading

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