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Share Your Story {14 of 40 Stories}

Click here for the backstory. When Sam was in preschool he planted a tiny seed in a dixie cup and watched it sprout. He brought the sprout home and we planted it in the flower bed. I have a naturally black thumb — death black, in fact — when it comes to gardening. So I felt compelled to give a warning. “You can’t count on me to take care of your sunflower. You’ll need to be responsible for getting it what it needs,” I said solemnly. “I will,” he said… Read more Share Your Story {14 of 40 Stories}

Teaching Points Lead to Authentic and Specific Writing Instruction

Before every single minilesson I teach in writing workshop, I write a statement. It always begins the same way, and I never (not-ever) forget to write it. It begins like this: Writers… This statement is a non-negotiable for me because it forces me to boil down the teaching point to something specific and authentic. If I can’t complete the statement, then I shouldn’t be teaching the lesson. Here are a few of my recent teaching points. Writers decide how to enter a new writing project either through collecting, drafting, or… Read more Teaching Points Lead to Authentic and Specific Writing Instruction