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1. Would You Like a Slice of Life T-Shirt?

Do good while professing your love of Slice of Life Story writing. All proceeds from the sale of this t-shirt will benefit the Pajama Program.

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2. Setting up the reading journal for a year of writing about reading

Ever since I began teaching, my students’ reading journals have been as much “the gateway to all the work we will be doing from September to June” (to borrow a phrase from a… Continue reading

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3. Back to School

I've culled the TWT archives for posts you might want to read during the first month of the school year.

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4. You don’t have to write, you get to write.

After your students decorate their writer’s notebooks and you review your expectations, the notebooks go home.  This is exciting!  Who doesn’t love writing in a new notebook?!!? I’ll tell ya, there are plenty of… Continue reading

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5. A Peek Inside My Writer’s Notebook

Launching writer's notebooks by giving kids a peek into my own

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6. Beginning a Year of Teaching Writing with Reflection

What goals will you set for your practice this year? Here are a few suggestions.

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7. Minilessons: It’s All About the Link

It's all about the link. Make sure your minilessons link to ongoing work. Link to making choices. Link to all the other minilessons. Link to the charts and resources in the room. Most of all link your minilesson always to problem solving and independence.

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8. Kindergarten Writing Workshop: The First Weeks

What is the breakdown of your first two-three weeks of workshop? Here's a peek into my plans for my kindergarten students.

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9. It’s Tuesday! Write your Slice. Share your Link. Give your Comments.

Please write your Slice of Life Story, share your link, and give at least 3 comments to other Slicers.

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10. Unworkshop

Wouldn't it be great to escape for a few days to just write? Oh, do I have a place for you! You won't have to cook a single meal, it's tranquil, there's wifi, AND it's affordable.

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11. Beginning Year Read Alouds

A list of beginning of the year read aloud books to set a positive climate and kick start your workshop.

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12. Table Conferences: An Important Coaching Move at the Start of the Year

Over the summer, we catch up on professional reading, we organize our classrooms, we make plans. In our reading and our planning, we imagine the very best possible scenarios. We see our children working… Continue reading

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13. There Are More Ways Than One To Teach A Minilesson

Last week I wrote a post titled How To Plan A Minilesson From Scratch, and I outlined a very simple way to plan minilessons, based on the work of my wonderful colleagues at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. Now, I am going to backtrack a bit and revisit just a teensy weensy bit of what I said. I wrote, "Every minilesson can pretty much go the same way." And this is absolutely true, most of the time. Except for those times when it's not true.

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14. Interactive Writing: Don’t Close the Door

Interactive Writing? Yeah, I wasn’t a believer. I will admit this openly; I had kind of fought against it and did not see it working in my classroom until many years ago. What… Continue reading

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15. It’s Tuesday! Write your Slice. Share your Link. Give your Comments.

Please write your Slice of Life Story, share your link, and give at least 3 comments to other Slicers.

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16. Reading Fuels Writing

Need some inspiration to write? Fall into a great book and read like a writer!

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17. Good for the Brain

Want to help your students focus better during independent writing time? A recent NY Times piece by Daniel J. Levitin may hold the key to making this happen in your classroom.

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18. If You Ask Them

Stop lurking and start writing. It is the single most important thing you can do as a teacher of writing. It matters.

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19. Sharpen Your Workshop Routines: Don’t Skip Share Time

A menu of possibilities for share time

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20. RECAP: Sharpen Your Workshop Routines Blog Series

ICYMI: A look back at our blog series about sharpening workshop routines.

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21. Visual Writer Introductions

Fostering a nurturing writing community at the beginning of the school year means taking the time to build a community of writers. Here's an artistic way you can have students introduce themselves, and their quirks, to their peers.

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22. WRITE. SHARE. GIVE. IT’S SOL TIME.

It’s Tuesday – time to share your Slice with the Two Writing Teachers Community. Here is a chart from last week’s Teachers College Reading and Writing Project August Writing Institute at Columbia University.… Continue reading

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23. My Re-Programming Process

Sometimes you just have to start over.

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24. How to Plan a Minilesson from Scratch

Minilessons are actually really easy to plan, and fun to teach. What? You don't believe me? Let me show you, right now, how to do it.

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25. Writing History in Many Forms

Want some fresh ways to channel your students to write about history? This post offers some light and fast tips that could easily be turned into weighty and meaningful instruction.

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