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Nurturing Our Notebook Work

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On Tuesday evening I attended a lecture by Lydia Davis, an award winning writer whose published work includes short stories, essays, novels, and translations of a number of classics including Madame Bovary. Davis's lecture was titled, " Thirty Recommendations for Good Writing Practice." Whenever I listen to published writers speak about their process and practice,…
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Conferring with “If… Then… Then… Then…” in Mind

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We can all be a little more like my daughter's swim teacher, Coach Annie, and a little less like the camp counselors of my childhood. Here's how.
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The Freedom To Create

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More and more, I've been recognizing the need to give students some freedom in their writing lives. Can independent writing time be the answer?
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Thinking about Writing Strategies-Inspired by Jennifer Serravallo

Thinking about Writing Strategies-Inspired by Jennifer Serravallo | Life as a Teacher | Scoop.it
Last week, I attended the Connecticut Reading Association's convention, and I was lucky enough to hear and see some of my literacy heroes. Jennifer Serravallo presented about writing instruction, and her presentation made me that much more excited for her new book, The Writing Strategies Book, due out in February 2017. Jennifer began with a definition: A writing…
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#SOL16: Assessment Matters

#SOL16:  Assessment Matters | Life as a Teacher | Scoop.it
Thank you #TWTBlog Authors for this series last week, "Assessment Strengthens Writers". Last night's Twitter Chat was simply amazing and if you weren't there, you can check out the storified version here. The questions that vaulted us into the twittersphere were: But this morning, I'm stuck on "How do I use assessment to strengthen my…
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#DigiLitSunday: Focus

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Join the #DigilitSunday authors at Margaret Simon's blog here. Welcome, old friend. FOCUS My #OneLittleWord for 2015. I wrote about you here, here, and here. So enough said? Not so fast!  Let's reconsider "Focus" with a different lens - or two! Focus on Who? Simple . . . Focus on Students Who will focus?  The…
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Still Learning to Read: Sketchnoting

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This is one of a series of blog posts that continue the conversation around Still Learning to Read--teaching reading to students i
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The Joys, Wonders, and Challenges of On-Demand Writing: Assessment Strengthens Writers Blog Series

The Joys, Wonders, and Challenges of On-Demand Writing: Assessment Strengthens Writers Blog Series | Life as a Teacher | Scoop.it
I'll be honest. I actually love on-demand writing assessments.
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Communicating With Families: Assessment Strengthens Writers

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Join me as I imagine how a parent/teacher conversation about writing assessments migh
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NEW BLOG SERIES: Assessment Strengthens Writers

NEW BLOG SERIES: Assessment Strengthens Writers | Life as a Teacher | Scoop.it
  Over the next seven days, my friends and I here at Two Writing Teachers will share important concepts around assessment in writing workshops. We have all given a lot of thought to our best practices when it comes to using assessments to strengthen student learning. While sometimes assessment seems like an infringement on precious instructional minute,…
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Reminders About Small Group Instruction

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Whenever I pull a small group for a lesson, there are some important guidelines I try to remember and follow.
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Thinking About My Writer’s Notebook in a Digital Age

Thinking About My Writer’s Notebook in a Digital Age | Life as a Teacher | Scoop.it
Without a notebook, my great ideas are going unrecorded and, ultimately, forgotten.
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Ways for Caregivers To Support Children’s Writing Lives

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Feel free to add on or share some ideas of how caregivers can support children's writerly lives.
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Setting Up for Writing about History

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Will you be teaching your students to write about history soon? Read this first!
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The Power of Tools in Teaching and Learning

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Kate brought us in closer to consider the importance of the tools’ accessibility and their effect on learning. Not only do these tools need to be accessible to the students, but students need to understand how and when to use them for learning.
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A Bike Like Sergio’s: Review and Giveaway!

A Bike Like Sergio’s: Review and Giveaway! | Life as a Teacher | Scoop.it
Maribeth Boelts' new book A Bike Like Sergio’s will appeal to readers and writers of all ages. It’s a heartfelt story with a message to which readers will relate; the right decision is often the hard choice. From the publisher: "Ruben feels like he is the only kid without a bike. His friend Sergio reminds…
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Collaborating with Colleagues: Assessment Strengthens Writers

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Assessment has played a big role in my shifts as a writing teacher. Colleagues have helped me get there. Come see my journey of the people in my life who have not only impacted the writers in my classroom but have impacted me as a teacher. Assessment strengthens all of us when done right!
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Writing Portfolios: Assessment Strengthens Writers

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Writing portfolios are a powerful assessment tool.
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What Constitutes an Assessment? Assessment Strengthens Writers

What Constitutes an Assessment? Assessment Strengthens Writers | Life as a Teacher | Scoop.it
Assessment serves several purposes, and when used intentionally, can drive instruction in meaningful ways for our learners.
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Record Keeping- Why and How: Assessment Strengthens Writers

Record Keeping- Why and How: Assessment Strengthens Writers | Life as a Teacher | Scoop.it
We teachers keep all kinds of records and notes- attendance records, records of the books our students read, records about math concepts mastered, and spelling words missed. Yet, many of us struggle to figure out the how and why of record keeping in writing workshop. If you don’t believe me, Google “record keeping in writing…
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A Guest Post by Emma and Elizabeth : The #stickynotechallenge

A Guest Post by Emma and Elizabeth : The #stickynotechallenge | Life as a Teacher | Scoop.it
(Today's post is a guest post by 3rd graders Elizabeth and Emma. They wanted to share their idea of the #stickynotechallenge and t
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Slice of Life: Student-Made Bookmarks

Slice of Life: Student-Made Bookmarks | Life as a Teacher | Scoop.it
Every Tuesday, the  writing community of   Two Writing Teachers  hosts Slice of Life. All are welcome to participate by linking up post
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Conferring Tip: Listening Closely

Conferring Tip: Listening Closely | Life as a Teacher | Scoop.it
A wise person once told me, conferring is the heart of the writing workshop. And much has been written about how to go about conferring effectively. Guides and professional books abound, videos, websites (this one included), and there's even an app or two out there complete with drop-down menus and spreadsheets. But all of the…
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Celebrate: Student-Led Conferences

Celebrate: Student-Led Conferences | Life as a Teacher | Scoop.it
A few years ago, I made a shift to student-led conferences. At the time, many students had never done this type of conference and were at a loss for words. To make it more accessible, I prepped them, gave them questions to direct their thinking. The work was valuable, but it took a lot of…
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