Planning Writing Units of Study:  How Much Planning is Enough?

Six years ago, I made the hard, but wonderful decision to try and become a single mom by choice. As part of the process, I had to speak to a

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There are very few people who would disagree with the idea that talk is an essential part of Writing Workshop. But what kinds of talk should kids do? And how

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Have you ever had an ‘aha’ teaching moment? A moment when you realize you want to make a change to how you’ve always done something. And then even more exciting,

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How Can A Blank Booklet Improve Student Writing?

  Sometime teaching writing doesn’t have to be hard!  Here is a simple technique you can try tomorrow.  Often children tell stories and then we encourage them to write those

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There is no question that the start of the year is stressful but maybe there is something that can help !  While it’s true that there is so much to

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5 Ways to Make Your Minilessons Stickier

When my daughter, Ariana, turned 3, we started talking about family chores. Initially, her understanding was surface level, but this year, her list of chores has grown and our conversations

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Minilessons: How to make them more effective and less stressful!

Picture this classroom scene. You are teaching a writing minilesson. When the lesson is completed, you ask students to try what you just taught. For some, this is no big

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When Self-Direction Isn’t Working: A Honest Look At The Bumps in the Road

I’ve been meaning to blog for the last few months, but truthfully I couldn’t.  I am in the midst of a difficult time with my daughter.  There’s been a bump

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Back to blogging and back to school

As August comes to a close, I am getting excited for a new year filled with teaching and blogging! Last year was a challenging one for me.  The politics and

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Happy New Year!

It’s been a long time! I hope everyone has had a great start to the year. Although I have been busy this summer keeping up with an active toddler, I

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