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32 Characteristics Of High-Performing Classrooms

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32 Characteristics Of High-Performing Classrooms: Spotting The Holes In Your Teaching Instructional design is the strategic creation of learning experiences through intentional planning, sequencing, and data-based revision of learning.
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Whole Brain Teaching: Amazing Kindergarten Writing!

Watch in amazement as Andrea Schindler's inner city, San Bernardino, California kindergarteners demonstrate all the steps necessary for them to produce five ...
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Can they write before they can read?

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How to Overcome Writer’s Doubt (3rd Place)

How to Overcome Writer’s Doubt (3rd Place) | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
Today I begin presenting the winners of the “Writer’s Doubt” contest with 3rd place, “How to Overcome Writer’s Doubt” by Chelsea. This is a great essay, and it’s very inspiring for anyone dealing with doubts about their creativity and writing.
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5 Tips for Creative Thinking

5 Tips for Creative Thinking | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
Have you ever wondered where novelists, actors or writers find inspiration for their work?[[MORE]]
Creativity is not a predetermined way of looking at the world — you can get inspired by almost...
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Identity Narratives: Inspiring Students to Take Control of Their Own Stories

Identity Narratives: Inspiring Students to Take Control of Their Own Stories | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
Help students rise above low expectations and recast their identities by showing them how they can live in a narrative of hope and success.
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30 Journaling Prompts for Self-Reflection and Self-Discovery

30 Journaling Prompts for Self-Reflection and Self-Discovery | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
I often include different journal prompts on Weightless because I think it’s key to continually maintain a dialogue with ourselves. It’s part of building a healthy relationship, or rather a friendship, with yourself.
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Anchor Papers: A Journey Toward Better Student Papers

Anchor Papers: A Journey Toward Better Student Papers | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
I’ve recently had an ah-ha moment about teaching writing at all levels using anchor papers.  Anchor papers are basically a set of papers that each represent the characteristics of a particular grade range.
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Why Writers Self-destruct and 5 Ways To Thrive Instead!

Why Writers Self-destruct and 5 Ways To Thrive Instead! | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
In The Color of Money, the only movie for which Paul Newman ever won a Best Actor Oscar, there’s a scene near the end where he’s playing against the once infamous real-life pool player Steve “The Miz” Mizerack, and after Steve loses to Paul, Steve...
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C-c-considering Cadence: Understanding One Quality of Voice

C-c-considering Cadence: Understanding One Quality of Voice | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
The Oxford Dictionary defines cadence as “a modulation or inflection of the voice, a rhythmical effect in written text, a fall in pitch of the voice at the end of a phrase or sentence” or simply as “rhythm”.
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4 Effective Ways to Beat Writer’s Burnout

4 Effective Ways to Beat Writer’s Burnout | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
It goes beyond mere writer’s block. It doesn’t care about deadlines, and can stopper your writing voice for months at a time. It’s deep, it’s baffling and it’s not often talked about in writing circles.
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What If Students Learned This Way Instead Of That?

What If Students Learned This Way Instead Of That? | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
TEST What If Students Learned This Way Instead Of That? 10 New Ideas For Learning 
by Terry Heick
Lately I’ve found myself squinting a bit at some of the practices and structures in teaching and learning.
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Some of these ideas would be great for creative writing. The "blends" could make really interesting writing prompts for poetry and fiction.

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Writers Who Kill: Teaching Writing to Third Graders

Writers Who Kill: Teaching Writing to Third Graders | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
A few weeks ago I was at a graduation party when a friend of my sister-in-law, came up to talk to us. She'd been a high school English teacher for years and now that she's retired from that position, she's teaching English and ...
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Lecture on Teaching Poetry Through Rap Music and Lyrics

Lecture on Teaching Poetry Through Rap Music and Lyrics | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
This is a free downloadable lesson plan on teaching poetry and literary elements using rap music. I volunteer to present this lecture at least once a year.
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10 Things Every Teacher Should Know How To Do With Google Docs

10 Things Every Teacher Should Know How To Do With Google Docs | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
Google Docs is a powerful word processing tool that many schools have adopted. As it’s similar to Microsoft Word and other word processing tools, most of its features are intuitive to use.
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Teaching Writing to Dyslexic Students - Dr Charley Haynes - YouTube

Teaching Writing to Dyslexic Students - Dr Charley Haynes - YouTube | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
Dyslexic Advantage visits with Dr Charley Haynes provides practical strategies to help students with dyslexia with writing, elaboration, paragraph cohesion, ...

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'I remember, I remember': what's the point of learning poetry?

'I remember, I remember': what's the point of learning poetry? | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
Is there a poem buried deep in the recesses of your memory?
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Poem Starters and Creative Writing Ideas

Poem Starters and Creative Writing Ideas | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
Enough poem starters and creative writing prompts to keep you permanently inspired. You’ll never run out of poetry ideas. Increase your creativity and become a better poet.
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6 Weird but Awesome Hacks for a Happy Writing Life

6 Weird but Awesome Hacks for a Happy Writing Life | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
Whether you’re a full-time writer, a hobby writer, or a writer with another full-time job, you have to admit that being a writer is a pretty good life. On the whole, we’re pretty lucky to do what we love.
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7. Set writing goals and stick to them. Word count can be quite effective.
8. Bring the resources you need. Especially think about bringing books and print-outs - otherwise you'll be tempted to browse the internet, then check email...

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25 Awesome Anchor Charts For Teaching Writing

25 Awesome Anchor Charts For Teaching Writing | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
Anchor charts are a great way to make thinking visible as you record strategies, processes, cues, guidelines and other content during the learning process. Here are 25 of our favorite charts for te...
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How Creative Writing Boosts Students Academically

How Creative Writing Boosts Students Academically | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
WriteGirl, a non-profit program provides teen girls with creative writing experiences that develop their voice and also their academic skills. (New!
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There Are 7 Types of English Surnames — Which One Is Yours? |

There Are 7 Types of English Surnames — Which One Is Yours? | | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
Many of us have surnames passed down to us from ancestors in England. Last names weren’t widely used until after the Norman conquest in 1066, but as the country’s population grew, people found it necessary to be more specific when they were talking about somebody else. Thus arose descriptions like Thomas the Baker, Norman son… Read more
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These 7 types could certainly help writers with ideas for naming characters. Of course, these are just the English naming traditions, but certainly an interesting place to start.

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Become A Better Writer with 51 Mind-blowing Resources

Become A Better Writer with 51 Mind-blowing Resources | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
Let’s face it, we all want to become better writers. Don’t we? I know I do. I strive to become a better writer every day, and in order to improve I’ve discovered the secret is in having awesome resources at your disposal.
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A Writing Mini Lesson for Starting the School Year

A Writing Mini Lesson for Starting the School Year | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
Between us, we have six sons and they all LOVE Legos.
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Great idea!

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The Tyranny of Motive

The Tyranny of Motive | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
Desperation by Josh Sommers
The legendary coach Vince Lombardi used to greet his players at training camp by saying: “Within every man there is a burning flame of desperation.
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Why Failure IS an Option for Writers (and everyone else!)

Why Failure IS an Option for Writers (and everyone else!) | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
“Failure is not an option.”
We hear it all the time. People have even made T-shirts with that motto. And by saying it’s not an option, we associate failure as a negative thing.
But what if it were an option?
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How to Start to Write an eBook and Actually Finish it in 30 Days

How to Start to Write an eBook and Actually Finish it in 30 Days | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
Learn tips and tricks on how to write an eBook from scratch, write every day and actually finish it in 30 days.
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Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation and Growth Mindset in Writing

Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation and Growth Mindset in Writing | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
To engage your students with their own development as writers, motivate them to care by showing your own interest and engagement with their process.
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