My Daughter Started Kindergarten:  What Did I Learn From Her Shaky Start?

My daughter started Kindergarten last week. This was a huge milestone for both of us, but we thought we were ready.  We had the ‘flippy’ backpack, a fancy new lunch

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Empathy, Flexibility and Choice: The Cornerstones of Independent Writing

This summer I took off my literacy consultant hat for two weeks and replaced it with my teaching hat. I taught Writing Camp at Project Write Now for two glorious

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Because I am both a ‘Mommy’ and an educational consultant, parents and teachers often ask me: What can I do as a parent over the summer (or suggest as a

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The Elephant In The Room: Why Shouldn’t I Pre-Plan A Writing Conference?

Last week, I was studying a kindergarten writing sample with a group of teachers in preparation for a writing conference . Dear Ms. Natale, I think that when people go

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  On Saturday May 5th, Karen Caine and I held our first Saturday Writing (www.saturdaywriting.com). We had the privilege of working with amazing educators from New Jersey school districts such

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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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3 Tips For Using Resources Effectively

Are you using a resource to help you teach writing?  Are you feeling overwhelmed and not sure how to use it in a way that promotes joyful and rigorous instruction?

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One Simple Tip for Improving the Feedback You Give Students.

Do you want to give your students feedback in this upcoming school year that dramatically improves their writing? If so, read on. Teachers often prepare for giving feedback by looking

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