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Robert Fulghum, OFFICIAL Website, see NEW stories!

Robert Fulghum, OFFICIAL Website, see NEW stories! | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Robert Fulghum, author of All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. Here on his OFFICIAL Web site, see the NEW EDITION with 25 new stories, available now in bookstores.
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Here's a direct link to Robert Fulghum's journal.  He's always been a quirky and insightful writer!

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Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits
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UW-Stout Online: Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits

UW-Stout Online: Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Online  Graduate Courses now available!


EDUC 654 Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits Elementary (PK-4)  - 3 graduate credits 

EDUC 653 Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits Middle School-Adult - 3 graduate credits 

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Learn to teach and assess writing with the 6-Traits of writing:

  • voice
  • ideas
  • word choice
  • organization
  • sentence fluency
  • conventions


Learn to use the 6-Traits with the writing process to teach revision strategies. Help learners meet higher standards and improve test scores.  Best of all:  Work with an international group of teachers dedicated to improving their writing & reading classrooms!

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Establishing a Writing Community in the College Classroom

Establishing a Writing Community in the College Classroom | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Fast forward a decade or so… many of these same students now view writing as a chore rather than something to celebrate. As the years progressed, writing became harder, and they started viewing it with dread as they struggled with increasingly difficult tasks. As freshmen in college, they are required to take my developmental writing class; they have not elected to take it. When the course begins, many of my students view themselves as bad writers, and most admit that they don’t like writing.
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As a middle school writing teacher I understood how essential community is to the writing process. As an online teacher, I know that community remains at the core of things.

 

This concise article is a lifeline for those teaching writing at the college level. It is tuned to the needs of Freshman English teachers (both virtual and face to face).

 

Our online course: Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits provides a rock solid foundation for developing a writing community for any grade level. I've see college professors, middle school,  and highschool teachers learning together.  It gives everyone a sense that we are in this together!

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How to Change Assessment and Go Gradeless Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

How to Change Assessment and Go Gradeless Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
 The How to Change Assessment and Go Gradeless Infographic outlines eight key takeaways from Starr Sackstein’s Hacking Assessment book.
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Sounds like an idea writing workshop / 6-Traits classroom to me! (I ran my middle school classroom without traditional grading for 6 months.  It worked very well.  The kids were happy and productive. 


I wish I could say the same for parents and administration. .. 8-) 

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Prestigious Milken Award Goes to Writing Project Teacher-Consultant - National Writing Project

Prestigious Milken Award Goes to Writing Project Teacher-Consultant - National Writing Project | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 Type: In the News Lauren Jensen, who attended summer institutes at the Long Island and Northern Virginia Writing Projects, was named this year's Milken Educator Award recipient for New York.

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Congratulations Lauren Jensen!  A Milken Award changed my life back in 1995.  May many doors open for you and your students!


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Rubrics: You know they are worth the effort!

Rubrics: You know they are worth the effort! | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
English teachers know a few things about managing the paper load. But managing isn’t leading. We should do more than manage the load; we should lead our students through the writing process (invention, drafting, and revising) to help them become independent thinkers who can effectively present their ideas to an audience.

Rubrics offer an effective way to guide thinking and learning in any writing-intensive course.
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This article will help shift your point of view a bit as you think about how you work with rubrics.  (Take a look!)

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Top 50 Writing Blogs for 2016

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Welcome to the THIRD annual Top Writing Blogs Awards on Positive Writer.

Via CM Elias, Jim Lerman
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Treasure trove time!

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The third annual Top Writing Blogs Awards on Positive Writer... one to keep

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Bookmark these best-of-the-best blogs. There are some amazing posts that can give your writing a boost for 2016.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article: http://positivewriter.com/top-50-writing-blogs-for-2016/

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6-Traits Online: Register Today: Build a Dynamic Writing Program this Year

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Register Now: UW-Stout Online Courses StartSpring: February 1 - March 25, 2016

EDUC 653 Middle School through Adult 6-Traits Writing Instruction
EDUC 654 PK Through Elementary 6-Traits Writing Instruction
Do you want to engage your students and build a great writing program before the end of the school year? This class provides a plethora of practical methods and inspirational ideas. 
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This is the FINAL CALL for a great online course where teachers from around the world share and discuss writing workshop and writing assessment methods.  

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Always Write: Take What You Need Posters -- for Communities of Writers

Always Write: Take What You Need Posters -- for Communities of Writers | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
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This community of writers page from Corbett Harrison has great ideas and charts.  Check it out!

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How to Write Fast and Well, Part 6: The Case of the Murdered Modifiers

How to Write Fast and Well, Part 6: The Case of the Murdered Modifiers | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Eliminate the bad writing, and what's left will be good (or at least better).

One of the best ways to do that is also one of the simplest: cut out the adjectives and adverbs. Instead, choose the right nouns and verbs.
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This kind of editing works. 

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Narrative Nonfiction: Diving Into Information Writing Blog Series

Narrative Nonfiction: Diving Into Information Writing Blog Series | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Stretch your students' knowledge of information writing by trying a unit of narrative nonfiction.
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Narrative Non-Fiction - a genre any writing teacher can use!

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Beginner's Guide to Writing Poetry Introduction

Take the full course for FREE at https://www.udemy.com/beginners-guide-to-writing-poetry. There is so much more to poetry than just what we see on greeting ...

Via Jackie Huster
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To teach writing you need to write.  To teach poetry, write poetry.  If you find yourself in the remarkably important position of teaching kids, include poetry in your curriculum (even if you have to sneak it in)!


This video introduces a free course offered on UDEMY, a popular online teaching platform.  The course is video driven. Experiment and experience at your own pace.   (Why not?)

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John Legend, National Writing Project Celebrate Innovative Educators Through LRNG Partnership - National Writing Project

John Legend, National Writing Project Celebrate Innovative Educators Through LRNG Partnership - National Writing Project | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Summary: Inspired by influential teachers in his own life, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter John Legend discusses his partnership with the National Writing Project in the LRNG Innovation Challenges. LRNG was created to celebrate, elevate, and support innovative educators in and out of school. This article appeared in USA Today's weekend edition (8/29/15) in Los Angeles, New York, and Washington DC/Baltimore as part of a "Future of Education" feature.
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Links to full text pdf download.  Visit the NWP website for rich ideas and plentiful resources!

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Reflective practice goes digital

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Reflective practice for academics in Higher Education is not a new idea, in fact reflection is encouraged in most professional fields and is a habit that students should be developing as part of th...

Via Elizabeth E Charles
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Writing and Reflection: part of every writing class.

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Writing As A Meditation Practice

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Those who have a regular meditation practice can simply add the writing immediately following it, and those who find it difficult to do traditional meditation will find this practice fruitful as the writing gives your busy mind something to do.

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#Meditation #Mindful #Healthy Practices
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Reflective practice at its best!
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Reflection and meditation are important practices for teachers.Take time and let things soak in and appear.
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Unexpected Benefits of Grading Effort and Habit 

Unexpected Benefits of Grading Effort and Habit  | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
The “Contract for B,” first proposed by Peter Elbow, encourages students to experiment with their college writing in new and novel ways.
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Connecting the 6-Traits Assessment strategies with traditonal letter grades is always a puzzler. Here's insight that might spark your thinking.

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Podcast: Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay

Podcast: Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Join us in a conversation with Kimberly Hill Campbell and Kristi Latimer, authors of Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay. These authors claim, “If we want our students to be more engaged, skilled writers, we need to move beyond the five-paragraph essay.” Tune in to hear us talk about why and how middle school and high school teachers can do just that.
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There's a world of writing beyond the 5 paragraph essay. Kick your old habits in the head while listening to this engaging podcast.

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There's a world of writing beyond the 5 paragraph essay. Kick your old habits in the head while listening to this engaging podcast.

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Where is the Dialogue?

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Adding dialogue to a piece can a be a great means of adding voice and detail, but I've found it doesn't necessarily come naturally for third-graders. They needed a nudge and some guided direction.

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Here's a nudge from the "Two Writing Teachers".  Terrific ideas.

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Strike a Pose: Active Learning and Text Engagements with Tableaux!

Strike a Pose:  Active Learning and Text Engagements with Tableaux! | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Are you looking for a way for students to engage with a work of fiction or to think more deeply about a piece of informational text?  Do you want to interject some energy into your world of learning and that of your students?  Would you like to incorporate kinesthetic learning into your classroom? 
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I say yes to every question in the lead.  What do you say?

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I say yes to every question in the lead.  What do you say?

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6-Traits Resources: Tired of Being a Red Ink Slave to Corrections?

6-Traits Resources: Tired of Being a Red Ink Slave to Corrections? | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
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Here's some hard won advice to English teachers everywhere.

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e-jobs: Online Adjunct Creative Writing Instructors

e-jobs: Online Adjunct Creative Writing Instructors | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
We are seeking instructors to teach the following courses:

Screenwriting Fundamentals
Poetry Fundamentals
Fiction Fundamentals
Nonfiction Fundamentals

Qualifications
Minimum qualifications:
· MFA degree in Creative Writing
· Prior college level teaching preferred
· Publications or productions within genre
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Teaching writing online is a joy.  I started teaching writing process and six traits online nearly 15 years ago. The class is still online at UW-Stout: Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6 Traits.  


Online teaching is a good job for a writer.  Think about it?

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Writing and online teaching go hand in hand.  This is one way to make a living writing that will sustain you as you work on your craft.

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Stratford Man Looks For Ways To Heal By Writing — And Running

Stratford Man Looks For Ways To Heal By Writing — And Running | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
STRATFORD, Conn. — Bryan Ripley Crandall had a lot on his mind as he ran the Vicki Soto 5K in Stratford earlier this month. Crandall, director of the Connecticut Writing Project at Fairfield University, ran in honor of slain Newtown teac...
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We all have reasons to run and write!

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Allowing Student Choice within Information Writing: Diving into Information Writing

Allowing Student Choice within Information Writing: Diving into Information Writing | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
How do you encourage students when beginning the writing process for information writing? Give them choices!
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Informational writing and the common core are what it is all about these days!

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Writer's Notebook Metaphor Contest! Due October 2...

Writer's Notebook Metaphor Contest!  Due October 2... | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
After establishing writer's notebook time (which you hopefully already had time to do), encourage students to create a metaphor about their writer's notebook.  We have a lesson about metaphors (with last year's metaphor winners posted!) at the website:  http://www.corbettharrison.com/free_lessons/Four-Metaphor-Poems.htm ; My students are rough drafting theirs, sharing them, revising them, then creating a special page in their notebooks for the metaphor in the next week!
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Here's a fun way to honor your writing note book time. 

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6-Traits Resources: 6-Traits Online Professional Development - Enroll Immediately: Course Starts 9/28/2015

6-Traits Resources: 6-Traits Online Professional Development - Enroll Immediately: Course Starts 9/28/2015 | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

You will work individually and as part of a community to practice and refine your assessment skills. You will score a variety of demonstration papers, discuss your rationale with online colleagues, discover a variety of classroom strategies for teaching the traits, and share your own teaching methods.

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Great Teacher, Great Online Community, Great Concepts. 


(Do I need better word choice regarding the word great?)


If you teach writing, or want to learn how to teach and assess writing then this class can change your teaching life. 


This is the LAST CALL FOR THE FALL SECTION!  


Register now for 3 Graduate Credits from the University of Wisconsin Stout. 

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Podcast- Teaching Writing in the Common Core Era - National Writing Project

Podcast- Teaching Writing in the Common Core Era - National Writing Project | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Date: August 27, 2015

Summary: We talked with Sandra Murphy and Mary Ann Smith, authors of the book, Uncommonly Good Ideas: Teaching Writing in the Common Core Era (a co-publication of NWP and Teachers College Press), and high school English teacher Brendan Nelson about research-based best practices, including practices that ease students from one kind of writing (narrative) to another (argument).
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One hour podcast worth listening to!  

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▶ The 6 Traits of Writing - YouTube

A brief introduction to the 6 traits of writing for secondary students-- Created using PowToon

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Clever presentation. The introduction is a bit long but it's worth the wait.  Look for a great set of similes that will help your students get the essence of each trait.

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Interested in an Online Graduate Course in the 6-Traits?

UW-Stout: EDUC 654 Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits | 3 graduate credits | Online Professional Development for Teachers | NCATE Accredited 8 week 100% online class |