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Teaching Kids. Catching Minds. 872 Miles Apart.

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1. Write. Share. Give.

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.

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2. 7 Things I Want the Writers in my Classroom to Know

I am uneasy referring to myself as an author. I have writers I admire and I know there’s a vast divide between us, but I write. I enjoy writing; I write to improve my voice and my craft all in an effort to teach my students what it means to be a writer. As an educator I know all my students ARE writers. I don’t qualify who is and who is not a writer by the quality of their writing. I am working to give myself this same level of acceptance as a writer.

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3. Why We Gather: The Importance of a Classroom Meeting Area

You might be so completely used to your classroom arrangement that it seems normal to you -- but it maybe could be better.

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4. A Place for Quiet

How do you structure your workshop to work for all personalities?

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5. Five Resources To Charge Up Your Writing Conferences

Knowing what to teach is just as important as knowing how to teach. Here are five resources that will help with the what. Bonus: some are free!

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6. Put poetry into your writing tool kit all year!

Naturally, April seems to be the month to introduce poetry units of study as either part of writing or reading workshop, and that is a lovely celebration to look forward to. But, why wait until April? Why not bring the power of poetry into our workshops from the very beginning of the school year?

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7. Moving from Partnerships to Peer Conferring

I attended Kathleen Tolan’s “Once You Have Taught Workshops for Years, How Do You Go from Good to Great? Tap the Power of Peer Conferring and Supporting Student Independence and Goal-Setting.” Workshop at… Continue reading

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8. Slice of Life Tuesday

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9. Give Heart Maps a Rest! Try Writing Territory Maps

The heart map is a great tool for helping students find personally meaningful topics, but used year after year, it might feel a little stale. Writing territory maps is another option!

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10. Time Spent Writing

Let’s remember that the real work of writing workshop is writing.

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11. Setting the Stage for Choice in Writing Workshop

Choice Brings Agency and Focus The multitude of choices open to learners today has brought more authenticity and agency to our classroom. The opportunities available has refocused how we plan, write and learn,… Continue reading

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12. Enticing Kids to Revise, Revise, Revise

One of the biggest challenges you might face in writing workshop is this: getting kids to see the power and purpose of revision. Here are a few tips for helping kids understand how important and rewarding revision can be, organized by writing process phases.

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13. Writing Camp

I hosted a writing camp this summer! It gave students some inspiration and gave me a little warm-up on getting back in the school groove.

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14. The Freedom That Comes With Constriction: Flash Fiction

Writing flash fiction can be liberating, exhilarating, and great writing process practice.

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15. SOL Tuesday

If it's Tuesday, it's time to share your slice of life stories here at #TWTBlog.

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16. Begin the writing workshop year by writing on “Day One”

This year, I’m reaching back into habits of old and carving out time to write during that first day. Here are some things I will keep in mind...

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17. The Cupcake Metaphor

Find out what sprinkled cupcakes and figurative language instruction have to do each other!

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18. Writing Mantras for the New School Year

What can we say to ourselves to affirm the power of writing? What words will help us move forward when the going gets tough? Thinking about class writing mantras...

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19. Creating Classroom Environments: Setting up for the middle school writing workshop.

Teaching writing workshop at the middle school level can be an extraordinarily satisfying experience: middle schoolers are ready and willing to think deeply about issues, they understand more, they want to examine issues about the world and themselves, and writing workshop gives them the perfect opportunity to stretch and grow as individuals and as writers. But ...

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20. ICYMI: Creating Classroom Environments to Launch the School Year Blog Series Recap

In case you missed a moment of our blog series on Creating Classroom Environments to Launch the Year, here's a recap. See you tomorrow at our Twitter chat! 8:30pm EDT, #TWTBlog.

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21. Check-In Talk

How do you support students with mid-workshop check-ins?

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22. Tuesday SOL

Please post a permalink to your slice of life story in the comments section of this post. Then click and comment on at least three other Slicers' writing.

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23. An Eraser-Free Workshop and the Language We Use for Talking About It

When I visit a classroom, one of the first things I often say to kids is, "Today, please don't erase. I want to see ALL the great work you are doing as a writer. When you erase, your work disappears!" Often, this is what kids are accustomed to and they continue working away. But sometimes, kids stare at me as if I've got two heads.

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24. Essential Thoughts- Building a Community of Writers

Building Writing Communities  Community is defined by Merriam Webster as: a group of people who live in the same area (such as a city, town, or neighborhood) a group of people who have the… Continue reading

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25. The Chicken and the Egg

A writing workshop thrives on relationships and builds them at the same time.

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