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1. Insights from an Author and a Giveaway

Claudia Mills' newest book Write This down was released on September 27th. In a recent essay, she shares some of her processes and revision decisions as she worked through drafts to published copy.

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2. The Six Week Check-in

Many of us are fast approaching the sixth week of school. Many of us consider that the first of countless milestones in our school year. Six weeks in, routines are beginning to solidify,… Continue reading

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3. It’s Slice of Life 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 SOL bloggers. Today’s inspiration comes from… Continue reading

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4. Writing: A Path to Become an Intentional Educator

What if there was a way to build in opportunities to reflect, in writing, about my teaching right in the place where the lesson plans reside? And what if that place could also offer daily inspiration and opportunities to set positive intentions for the week ahead?

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5. Protecting Student Writing Time

My students won’t become writers just because I want them to be writers. Writers need to wallow in new information, time to let all the words, ideas and questions wash over them, connect with their schema, and let the new information become their own.

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6. You Can Find Us at #TheEdCollab Gathering Today

Beth, Dana, and Deb will be live at 1:00 EST today

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7. It’s a Boy! Share your Joy!

We have been on pins and needles over here at Two Writing Teachers as Stacey’s due date approached. We have all been anxiously checking our email and text messages for news. Today we… Continue reading

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8. Making Comparisons: A Little Glimpse at Discovering Similes

This week I’ve been checking and monitoring my students’ work and making plans. I’ve been delving into some fun lessons from, The Big Book of Details by Roz Linder for inspiration and using… Continue reading

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9. Writing in the Great Outdoors

The director at one school told me, "My main priorities are these: 1) being outdoors, and 2) reading and writing." My kind of place!

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10. Five Grammar Lessons With Sneaky Double-Duty Goals 

Check out these quick, easy grammar lessons that will clean up and power up your students' writing.

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11. 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 SOL bloggers. Inspiring words that are… Continue reading

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12. Ideas for planning Small Group Instruction

Small group instruction is a powerful way to reach and teach more students in your classroom!

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13. Discovering and Developing Student Writer Identity

For writers to grow, they must develop writer identities. How do we help them do that?

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14. Family Dialogue Journals

Can a Family Dialogue Journal help build stronger home-school connections through written conversation?

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15. 3 Steps to Building A Learning Community: Vision. Intention. Purpose.

The young writers sitting in our classroom will rise above the fears and struggles of being a writer, but it will take intentional planning, repetitive teaching, daily writing, and reteaching. Writing is hard work. Students don't become writers because we have writing workshop. Writers become writers because teachers have clear intentions and a vision of what's possible.

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16. An Easy Guide to Introduce Slice of Life Writing

Three steps to introduce Slice of Life Writing to your students

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17. Making Progress…Without Getting Frustrated!

A little reflection after the first days of school.

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18. It’s Slice of Life 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 SOL bloggers. And a little inspiration:

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19. Welcome to Slice of Life 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 SOL bloggers.

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20. Listening and Watching Intently: Building a Learning Community

A few shorts weeks ago our new school year began. I am feeling the pressure of getting to know my students, setting up our room, and building a community of learners. In these early days, I tread slowly.

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21. Setting Up Writing Partnerships

Like so many routines and procedures, the investment of time to establish successful, productive, independent partnerships is incredibly worthwhile!

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22. Making the Most of Pre-Assessments

 We spend a week or so sharing stories, and building excitement for writing stories. We hand out notebooks with fanfare, and writers happily personalize them. They brainstorm ideas for stories they could write.… Continue reading

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23. Penguin Problems: A Review & Giveaway

This penguin has problems. A lot of problems.

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24. Pausing on September 11th

Today, September 11th, is the fifteenth anniversary of the horrific attacks that took place in 2001. We, at Two Writing Teachers, pause today to remember all the lives that were lost and the… Continue reading

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25. Red Dot Side, Green Dot Side, Revisited

With very good intentions, we teach kids to do their best to really finish a story before they move on to the next one. However, a little bit of flexibility will go a long way in increasing engagement, volume, and independence in young writers.

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