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1. It’s Tuesday! Write. Give. Share.

Write a post. Share your link. Give at least 3 comments to other Slicers! Children’s author and writing teacher, Amy Ludwig Vanderwater, has an amazing site called Sharing Our Notebooks. If you are feeling… Continue reading

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2. It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

Time to post your Slice of Life!

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3. It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

  What can you shine a light on that others might not be seeing? What is your unique story to tell? Today is the day to share! Please write your slice, share your link,… Continue reading

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4. July Blogging Break

Announcing a short pause in our regular blogging schedule

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5. Micro-Workshop: Making Time for Conventions and Grammar

How do you find time to put a focus on the littlest pieces of our writing to create big pieces of work?

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6. It’s SOL Tuesday!

Writing takes bravery and a willingness to take a risk. Today is your day to be brave.

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7. Three Tips for Summer Storytelling Practice

Whether you tell stories with the children in your life, or share stories with other adults, these tips will get you started and keep you going all summer long.

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8. Why Confer?

Six educators make the case for conferring with students regularly.

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9. Have Charts, Will Travel. Mentor texts? Even better!

My last post was about some of the reflections that I want to remember when I teach any genre of writing, but I also wanted to share more of our poetry workshop and… Continue reading

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10. Where Have All the Narratives Gone?

I've been thinking about why young writers struggle with personal narrative and realistic fiction writing.

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11. 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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12. 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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13. Welcome to SOL Tuesday!

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

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14. Show Up and Do the Work

A lesson from Kate DiCamillo

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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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16. 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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17. 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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18. Respect, React, and Write–My Three Reflections

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

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19. 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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20. 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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21. DIY Literacy: A Review & Giveaway

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

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22. 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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23. 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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24. Welcome to SOL Tuesday!

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

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25. 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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