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1. Happy Thanksgiving!

On behalf of the co-author team, I’d like to thank you for your dedication to the writers you teach. As the eight of us know, the work of a teacher of writers is… Continue reading

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2. In Thanks: Books That Built a Writing Teacher

What are the books that have shaped you as a teacher of writing? Reflecting today, in thanks, for the authors and books that have influenced my life as a teacher.

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3. Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge on #TWTBlog

Welcome to the Slice of Life Story Challenge on this great Tuesday. We are so glad you are joining us today.

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4. Helping Students Live a Writer’s Life

At this point of the school year, your writing workshop is probably in full swing.  You are chugging along through your writing curriculum, and you are probably using checklists and rubrics to assess… Continue reading

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5. Drilling Down into the Writing

Of the many ways I gain an understanding of my writers, my favorite and most valuable is gathering up all the writing and diving into reading ALL the students’ work.

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6. Welcome to the World, Oliver!

We're throwing a virtual baby shower for Anna, who welcomed a new baby into the world yesterday.

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7. A Short & Sweet Minilesson Formula

There is a formula that I use, time and time again, to adapt my own minilessons. Yes, this formula helps me keep my minilessons to about ten minutes and makes planning more streamlined, but more importantly this formula helps me with one of my personal goals as a teacher: student engagement.

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8. The View from Pennsylvania: A Trip to Highlights Foundation

  A little over a year ago, Stacey posted about an “Unworkshop” at a place called the Highlights Foundation. Her experience sounded blissful and it soon became something on my bucket list. I… Continue reading

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9. Quality Reading Instruction Leads to Better Writing: A Review of Jennifer Serravallo’s Independent Reading Assessment 

When I tested Jennifer Serravallo’s Independent Reading Assessment (Scholastic), I was an immediate believer. Finally, here is a reading assessment that gives rich, clear information about upper grade readers, using an authentic reading… Continue reading

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10. Where do your mini lessons live?

How do we keep these mini lessons alive for our kids? What do we do to make sure our kids have these anchor charts to reference as they begin drafting, revising, editing?

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11. Join Us! The Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge on #TWTBlog!

No shadow No stars No moon No care November It only believes In a pile of dead leaves And a moon That’s the color of bone Tom Waits, ‘November’ Do you wish your writing… Continue reading

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12. New Mentor Texts for Information Writing + Book Giveaways

The books featured in this post, all of which were published in 2015, represent a variety of information writing. All of these are texts that can pull double- and even triple-duty in your classroom, thereby allowing you to use a text during read-aloud time so you can revisit it during a writing workshop minlesson and/or in a content area.

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13. A Tale of Teachers: Collaboration, Community, Connection

Once upon a time, there was a teacher who became a better teacher by connecting with other passionate educators...

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14. A Closer Look

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15. Writing Workshop Feels Better with Less

Screen Shot 2015-11-12 at 8.46.06 PMwalked around the room redirecting the writers back to writing. I shushed writers who were talking even after my redirection. I reminded the class I was helping them to find more writing time through quieter writing time. But still, our writing time didn't feel right, and I didn't like the teacher I was becoming. I wasn't conferring, I wasn't getting to know the writers, I was missing valuable teaching time, and it was still loud! I had to do something because writing time was quickly becoming something I dreaded. (There I said it!) I shudder to think I felt this way; writing has always been my favorite part of the day! It's a time when we get to know each other as a classmate, student, and friend. Panic set in. Was I going to fail these students?

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16. Conferring with Writers is Like Coaching Skiers: Strength ID and Enhancement

Many years ago, one of my first jobs was as a ski instructor at a local ski resort. During our instructor training, we were taught a technique called "strength identification and enhancement."

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17. Writers ARE Readers: A Review and a Giveaway

Writers ARE Readers explores the connection between reading and writing instruction.

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18. Come Join the Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge on #TWTBlog

“In November, the smell of food is different. It is an orange smell. A squash and pumpkin smell. It tastes like cinnamon and can fill up a house in the morning, can pull… Continue reading

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19. Immersion and Connections: Diving Into Informational Writing

This is when I realized all the writing we do shares this goal: making sense of the world and being passionate about learning. We are immersed in writing to make sense of the world and who we are in this big world. We are writing about things we know a lot about; ourselves, our families, our pets, our favorite things, favorite foods, and the list goes on and on. We ARE writing to making sense of who we are while imparting information about ourselves to our community. This sounds a lot like informational writing at it’s most basic level.

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20. Narrative Nonfiction: Diving Into Information Writing Blog Series

Stretch your students knowledge of information writing by trying a unit of narrative nonfiction.

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21. Infusing Information Writing Throughout the Day: Diving Into Information Writing

A recovering hater of information writing, this post is my first step towards bringing information writing to life for my third graders! It is a vision and collection of possibliities for infusing information writing across the curriculum through the day.

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22. Writing Information Books with Voice and Beauty: Diving Into Information Writing Blog Series

When I was a kid, our town library had a whole special room filled with children’s books. It was one of my favorite places in the world. That was where I fell in love with Corduroy,… Continue reading

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23. Using The Writer’s Notebook To Grow Ideas:Diving Into Information Writing

Start students on the road to thinking about topics they might become interested in researching and writing about from day one.

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24. ICYMI: Diving into Information Writing Blog Series Recap

A recap of this week's blog series, in case you missed it.

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