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Two Writing Teachers Podcast

Since 2007, Two Writing Teachers has been a vibrant community of reflective writers. We're excited to take our passion for teaching writing to new heights in the second season of our podcast. Join us as we explore ways to create, lead, and sustain joyful and productive writing workshops, empowering educators to help their students become competent, brave, and confident writers. Let's make writing instruction engaging and rewarding for everyone involved!Would your company like to sponsor an episode of the Two Writing Teachers Podcast? Click here to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

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Exploring Best Practices and Research in Writing Instruction: A Digging Deeper Dialogue
Send us a Text Message.It's the final episode of season two, so we're discussing some of the best practices for writing instruction. We cover the importance of a thriving writing community and the writing process, and we explore the role of oral language in boosting writing stamina. We also discuss the importance of dedicated and intentional writing time, the reciprocity between reading and writing, and the thrill of writing for an authentic audience. This episode will tee you up for the next school year!***Many thanks to this episode’s sponsor, Texthelp! Visit text.help/cowriter to learn more about Co:Writer prediction in Read&Write because everyone deserves the power to read, write, and understand.***Go Deeper:Answers to Your Biggest Questions About Teaching Elementary Writing by Melanie MeehanCollaboration and Community in the Writing WorkshopCraft Moves: Lesson Sets for Teaching Writing with Mentor Texts by Stacey ShubitzExploring the Power of Oral Language: A Conversation with a Colleague (with Lainie Levin)Exploring Voice Typing During Writing WorkshopFamily Resources for At-Home LearningResearch Round-up (Build Your Expertise Blog Series)The Editing Minute#TWTBlog Posts about AudienceWriting Instruction Considerations by Carl Anderson & Matt Glover***Thank you to our affiliate, Zencastr.Use our special link (https://zen.ai/mqsr2kHXSP2YaA1nAh2EpHl-bWR9QNvFyAQlDC3CiEk) to save 30% off your first month of any Zencastr paid plan. ***Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us ratings/reviews on your favorite listening platform.You may contact us directly if you want us to consult with your school district. Melanie Meehan: meehanmelanie@gmail.com Stacey Shubitz: stacey@staceyshubitz.com Email us at contact@twowritingteachers.org for affiliate or sponsorship opportunities.For more about teaching writing, head to the Two Writing Teachers blog.
39:02 6/2/24
Plan Your Summer Learning: A Tip for Tomorrow from Melanie
Send us a Text Message.Melanie explores critical strategies to help you plan for your summer learning. Discover practical tips for organizing your classroom, finding or forming a study group, curating mentor texts, and engaging in personal writing. You'll leave this episode invigorated to try one or more ways to enhance your teaching skills for the upcoming academic year.Go Deeper:Join a hybrid book study and writing group led by #TWTBlog co-author Lainie Levin this summer. Learn more at this Summer Writing Refresh: A Grown-up Writing Circle.Simple and Functional Classroom DesignThe 9th Annual TWTBlog Author Spotlight SeriesThanks to our affiliate, Zencastr!Use our special link (https://zen.ai/mqsr2kHXSP2YaA1nAh2EpHl-bWR9QNvFyAQlDC3CiEk) to save 30% off your first month of any Zencastr paid plan. Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us ratings/reviews on your favorite listening platform.You may contact us directly if you want us to consult with your school district. Melanie Meehan: meehanmelanie@gmail.com Stacey Shubitz: stacey@staceyshubitz.com Email us at contact@twowritingteachers.org for affiliate or sponsorship opportunities.For more about teaching writing, head to the Two Writing Teachers blog.
08:14 5/26/24
Co-create Writing Goals: A Tip for Tomorrow from Stacey
Send us a Text Message.Stacey explores the importance of co-creating goals with students to help them grow as writers. She discusses how collaboration during goal-setting enhances students' ownership, motivation, and personalized learning. It also allows for individualized growth and fosters collaboration and communication with the teacher. If you haven't tried co-creating goals with your students before, this Tip for Tomorrow will inspire you to do so with future groups of students.Go Deeper with These #TWTBlog Posts:Aim Higher: Conferring and Student GoalsCreating Clarity for WritersHow Many Stars? Tools for Self-Assessment and Goal-SettingICYMI Aim Higher: Outgrow Old Goals and Set New Ones (Blog Series)Setting Goals with StudentsStudent Agency, Self-Assessment, and Small Group InstructionStudents and Goal Setting: My Choice, My Growth, My ResponsibilityThe Power of Goal-SettingWhen Your Reality Doesn’t Match Your ExpectationsWriting Checklists: Tools for Independence and Goal-SettingThanks to our affiliate, Marley Spoon! Get $235 off through 5 boxes. This makes the first box portion price start at $4.99. Click here or copy and paste this link into your browser: http://www.awin1.com/awclick.php?mid=6988&id=1261005. Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us ratings/reviews on your favorite listening platform.You may contact us directly if you want us to consult with your school district. Melanie Meehan: meehanmelanie@gmail.com Stacey Shubitz: stacey@staceyshubitz.com Email us at contact@twowritingteachers.org for affiliate or sponsorship opportunities.For more about teaching writing, head to the Two Writing Teachers blog.
06:09 5/19/24
Developing Paragraph Structure: A Tip For Tomorrow from Melanie
Send us a Text Message.In this episode, Melanie guides you through the art of crafting concise and well-structured paragraphs that are easy to follow and understand. With her expert tips on oral rehearsal and the use of sentence frames, she empowers young writers to hone their writing skills and develop a unique voice. Tune in to learn how to help students move from writing formulaic paragraphs to composing authentic pieces that truly showcase their writing talents.Thanks to our affiliate!Libro.fm: Use the TWTPod CodeReceive 2 audiobook credits for $14.99 USD with your first month of membership. Check out Stacey’s audiobook playlist.Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us ratings/reviews on your favorite listening platform.You may contact us directly if you want us to consult with your school district. Melanie Meehan: meehanmelanie@gmail.com Stacey Shubitz: stacey@staceyshubitz.com Email us at contact@twowritingteachers.org for affiliate or sponsorship opportunities.For more about teaching writing, head to the Two Writing Teachers blog.
09:21 5/12/24
Unlock Strategies for Task Initiation: A Tip for Tomorrow from Stacey
Send us a Text Message.Task initiation is one key to student success, particularly in the context of writing instruction. The episode highlights some students' challenges with executive functioning skills and how they struggle to begin tasks efficiently. The host provides nine effective strategies to help students overcome task initiation challenges, such as normalizing task-avoidant behavior, emphasizing work quality, preparing materials, using visual aids and organizers, breaking tasks into smaller steps, employing backwards planning, facilitating getting started, limiting distractions, and incorporating planned breaks. The episode also references Admiral William H. McRaven's "Make Your Bed" speech, emphasizing the significance of small tasks and their impact on productivity and motivation.GO DEEPER:Plan Boxes Will Inspire You: A Tip for TomorrowConversation with a Colleague Episodes (with Lainie Levin)Addressing Perfectionism in Writing InstructionExploring the Power of Oral LanguageUniversity of Texas at Austin 2014 Commencement Address and Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World  both by Admiral William H. McRaven  What Is Executive Function? And How Does It Relate to Child Development? from Harvard University’s Center on the Developing ChildWork Quality ContinuumTHANKS TO OUR AFFILIATE!Zencastr: Use our special link (https://zen.ai/mqsr2kHXSP2YaA1nAh2EpHl-bWR9QNvFyAQlDC3CiEk) to save 30% off your first month of any Zencastr paid plan. Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us ratings/reviews on your favorite listening platform.You may contact us directly if you want us to consult with your school district. Melanie Meehan: meehanmelanie@gmail.com Stacey Shubitz: stacey@staceyshubitz.com Email us at contact@twowritingteachers.org for affiliate or sponsorship opportunities.For more about teaching writing, head to the Two Writing Teachers blog.
12:48 5/5/24
Addressing Perfectionism in Writing Instruction: A Conversation with a Colleague
Send us a Text Message.In today’s Conversation with a Colleague, Stacey chats with Lainie Levin, a gifted interventionist and coach, about helping learners conquer perfectionism. Lainie unveils the manifestations of perfectionism in students, particularly during writing instruction, highlighting key signs to watch for. She shares an innovative work quality continuum she co-created with her students, as a powerful tool to address perfectionist tendencies. Practical strategies are discussed for reframing perfectionist behaviors, fostering a growth mindset, and embracing mistakes as opportunities for growth. Stacey and Lainie also explore the impact of perfectionism on partnerships and group work. Finally, they discuss where perfectionism is most prevalent during the writing process while discussing effective methods for addressing it.ABOUT LAINIE LEVIN:Lainie is a dedicated educator with 28 years of teaching experience and a strong advocate for children and public education. She is a gifted interventionist and coach in language arts and math, specializing in meeting the needs of gifted/talented elementary school students. Since 2021, she has been a valued colleague at Two Writing Teachers.Check out Lainie’s personal blog, Soapbox: The Way I See Things, follow her on X @mrslevin11, or read her Two Writing Teachers blog posts. GO DEEPER: Advice for the Perfectionists in Writing WorkshopReframing Avoidance: Writers and PerfectionismWork-Quality ContinuumTHANKS TO OUR AFFILIATES!Libro.fm: Use the TWTPod CodeReceive 2 audiobook credits for $14.99 USD with your first month of membership.Zencastr: Use our special link (https://zen.ai/mqsr2kHXSP2YaA1nAh2EpHl-bWR9QNvFyAQlDC3CiEk) to save 30% off your first month of any Zencastr paid plan. Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us ratings/reviews on your favorite listening platform.You may contact us directly if you want us to consult with your school district. Melanie Meehan: meehanmelanie@gmail.com Stacey Shubitz: stacey@staceyshubitz.com Email us at contact@twowritingteachers.org for affiliate or sponsorship opportunities.For more about teaching writing, head to the Two Writing Teachers blog.
43:59 4/28/24
Building Awareness of Sentence Structure: A Tip for Tomorrow from Melanie
Send us a Text Message.Make sentence structure more straightforward for students with Melanie's intentional activities in this episode. Melanie shares ways she helps students understand the definition of sentences, create sentences with phrases and pictures, and combine sentences. You'll help students recognize and create simple and increasingly complex sentences with Melanie's playful and purposeful ideas.Go Deeper:Sentence Patterning ChartsBring on the Fun in Sentence ConstructionWord, Sentence, ParagraphThanks to our affiliate, Marley Spoon! $235 off through 5 boxes -- The first box portion price starts at $4.99. Click here or copy and paste this link into your browser: http://www.awin1.com/awclick.php?mid=6988&id=1261005. Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us ratings/reviews on your favorite listening platform.You may contact us directly if you want us to consult with your school district. Melanie Meehan: meehanmelanie@gmail.com Stacey Shubitz: stacey@staceyshubitz.com Email us at contact@twowritingteachers.org for affiliate or sponsorship opportunities.For more about teaching writing, head to the Two Writing Teachers blog.
07:21 4/21/24
Capture Students' Progress with End-of-Year Letters: A Tip for Tomorrow from Stacey
Send us a Text Message.Explore the origin and significance of end-of-year reflection letters in this week’s episode. Stacey highlights the unique nature of these letters, which go beyond self-evaluations of academics and instead focus on students reflecting on their growth as learners and individuals. Practical guidelines for structuring the letters are shared, emphasizing flexibility in paragraph structure to suit individual needs. The episode also features touching excerpts from actual student letters, showcasing their accomplishments, thoughts on cooperative group work, and advice for the teacher. The power of these reflection letters as tools for student self-awareness and goal-setting is celebrated, emphasizing the importance of taking a step back to recognize personal growth.Looking for what you can do after you receive these letters from your students? Check out “My Hope and Dream for You,” which explains how you can respond to your students as they exit your classroom door for the final time.Thanks to our affiliate, Marley Spoon! $235 off through 5 boxes -- The first box portion price starts at $4.99. Click here or copy and paste this link into your browser: http://www.awin1.com/awclick.php?mid=6988&id=1261005. Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us ratings/reviews on your favorite listening platform.You may contact us directly if you want us to consult with your school district. Melanie Meehan: meehanmelanie@gmail.com Stacey Shubitz: stacey@staceyshubitz.com Email us at contact@twowritingteachers.org for affiliate or sponsorship opportunities.For more about teaching writing, head to the Two Writing Teachers blog.
10:14 4/14/24
Explore the Potential of Student-Facing AI Tools: A Digging Deeper Dialogue
Send us a Text Message.We explore the vast potential of student-facing AI tools. Join us as we delve into the benefits of tools like Co:Writer Universal, EverWrite, Grammarly, Read&Write, and Speechify. Discover how these cutting-edge tools revolutionize students' learning, writing, and communication and empower students to reach new heights of academic excellence.Check out the Los Angeles Unified School District’s AI policies. Listen to our previous episode: Boost Writing Instruction with AI.Related TWTBlog Posts:AI Tools for Writing TeachersCan AI Write a Good Speech?Co:WriterExploring Voice Typing During Writing WorkshopThree Ways to Use ChatGPT…TomorrowWe Need to Talk About AI EssaysAI Tools We Mentioned:Co:Writer UniversalEverWriteGrammarlyRead&WriteSpeechifyThanks to our affiliates!BestSelf: Use code TWTPOD for 15% off your purchase. Valid from 1/28-4/30/24.Zencastr: Use our special link (https://zen.ai/mqsr2kHXSP2YaA1nAh2EpHl-bWR9QNvFyAQlDC3CiEk) to save 30% off your first month of any Zencastr paid plan. Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us ratings/reviews on your favorite listening platform.You may contact us directly if you want us to consult with your school district. Melanie Meehan: meehanmelanie@gmail.com Stacey Shubitz: stacey@staceyshubitz.com Email us at contact@twowritingteachers.org for affiliate or sponsorship opportunities.For more about teaching writing, head to the Two Writing Teachers blog.
40:56 4/7/24
Bring Checklists to Life: A Tip for Tomorrow from Melanie
Send us a Text Message.It is helpful to create checklists that are accessible to students so they are manageable, digestible, and possible for students to utilize. In this tip, Melanie shares ways to help students chunk checklists, think with intention, and digitize checklists. In addition, she plants the seeds to help you think about ways to help students self-create checklists that will allow them to grow as writers.*****Thanks to our affiliate!Zencastr: Use our special link (https://zen.ai/mqsr2kHXSP2YaA1nAh2EpHl-bWR9QNvFyAQlDC3CiEk) to save 30% off your first month of any Zencastr paid plan. *****Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us ratings/reviews on your favorite listening platform.You may contact us directly if you want us to consult with your school district. Melanie Meehan: meehanmelanie@gmail.com Stacey Shubitz: stacey@staceyshubitz.com Email us at contact@twowritingteachers.org for affiliate or sponsorship opportunities.For more about teaching writing, head to the Two Writing Teachers blog.
08:22 3/31/24
Boost Writing Instruction with AI: A Digging Deeper Dialogue
Send us a Text Message.In this episode, we talk about content creation, personalized learning, accessibility, efficiency & productivity with artificial intelligence. We share various teacher-facing AI tools and discuss how you can incorporate them into your writing instruction.Go Deeper:Leveraging AI for Writing Miniseries on Two Writing TeachersLos Angeles Unified School District's AI PagePrevious TWTPod Episodes:Navigate a Digital World by Seeing, Hearing, and Reading: A Tip for TomorrowThree Possibilities for Using Chat GPT: A Tip for TomorrowAI Tools We Mentioned:BingBrisk TeachingChatGPTDiffitGemini (previously known as Bard)*****Thanks to our affiliates!Babbel: Get up to 55% OFF your subscription by clicking here. You may also copy and paste this URL into your browser: https://babbel.sjv.io/c/4684049/1057532/13589. Libro.fm Offer: Use the TWTPod CodeReceive 2 audiobook credits for $14.99 USD with your first month of membership. Check out Stacey's Libro.fm Playlist if you're looking for your next great audiobook.*****Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us ratings/reviews on your favorite listening platform.You may contact us directly if you want us to consult with your school district. Melanie Meehan: meehanmelanie@gmail.com Stacey Shubitz: stacey@staceyshubitz.com Email us at contact@twowritingteachers.org for affiliate or sponsorship opportunities.For more about teaching writing, head to the Two Writing Teachers blog.
38:31 3/24/24
Create Personal and Living Poetry Anthologies: A Tip for Tomorrow from Stacey
Send us a Text Message.Learn about two engaging ideas for National Poetry Month, which begins on April 1. Stacey shares a bit about creating a collaborative "Living Poetry Anthology" where students curate poems to display throughout the school. Next, she discusses developing personal poetry collections featuring their work, inspirational poems, and reflections on poems they admired. Make poetry come alive for your students – listen now! TWTBlog PostsA Breakthrough In Poetry: How To Bring Playfulness to Every Genre Building a Living Poetry AnthologyIt’s Alive!Starting the Year: Poetry The Doors of Poetry: Guest Blog Post by Sarah Mulhern GrossResource ListAcademy of American PoetsAwakening the Heart, second edition by Georgia Heard National Poetry MonthPoetry Mentor Texts: Making Reading and Writing Connections, K-8, by Lynne R Dorfman and Rose CappelliPoems Are Teachers: How Studying Poetry Strengthens Writing in All Genres by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater*****Thanks to our affiliate, Libro.fm! Use the TWTPod Code to receive 2 audiobook credits for $14.99 with your first month of membership. *****Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us ratings/reviews on your favorite listening platform.You may contact us directly if you want us to consult with your school district. Melanie Meehan: meehanmelanie@gmail.com Stacey Shubitz: stacey@staceyshubitz.com Email us at contact@twowritingteachers.org for affiliate or sponsorship opportunities.For more about teaching writing, head to the Two Writing Teachers blog.
08:04 3/17/24
Sentence Frames and Vocabulary Words: A Tip for Tomorrow from Melanie
Send us a Text Message.There's a lot of brain work involved in written expression. This week, Melanie shares a tip to help students reduce their cognitive load, which will help them express their ideas more easily. In this tip, Melanie shares how providing students with sentence frames and a bank of vocabulary words can aid students with difficulty with word retrieval. Plus, she shares ways to shift the agency to students so they are not dependent on their teacher to do this work.*****Thanks to our affiliate!Marley Spoon: $235 off through 5 boxes -- Makes the first box portion price start at $4.99. Click here or copy and paste this link into your browser: http://www.awin1.com/awclick.php?mid=6988&id=1261005. *****Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us ratings/reviews on your favorite listening platform.You may contact us directly if you want us to consult with your school district. Melanie Meehan: meehanmelanie@gmail.com Stacey Shubitz: stacey@staceyshubitz.com Email us at contact@twowritingteachers.org for affiliate or sponsorship opportunities.For more about teaching writing, head to the Two Writing Teachers blog.
06:25 3/10/24
Accommodations for Access to Writing Instruction: A Digging Deeper Dialogue
Send us a Text Message.In this episode, we explore accommodations for student writers. The episode has five categories: organization, materials/tools, time, response, and seating. This episode will equip you with ways to create an inclusive, accessible learning environment.PAST TWT BLOG POSTSExploring Voice TypingFinding Accessible Fonts for Classroom Use Flexible Seating OptionsIt’s Time for a Chart Check-in Paper ChoicesPens vs. PencilsPODCASTS MENTIONED:Embrace an Asset-Based ApproachMentor Text ChartsNavigate a Digital World by Seeing, Hearing, and ReadingPaper PowerThe Benefits of PensThe Importance of PaperRESOURCES FOR WRITING ACCOMMODATIONS:Dysgraphia Accommodations and ModificationsThe UDL GuidelinesUnderstanding AccommodationsBOOKS MENTIONED:Every Child Can WriteWelcome to Writing Workshop*****Thanks to our sponsor!EssayGraderAI: Use promo code TWT20 at https://essay-grader.ai. You'll receive 20% off on a pro, premium, or advanced subscription. No expiration date!Thanks to our affiliates!BestSelf: 15% off your first order with code TWTPOD.Zencastr: Use our special link (https://zen.ai/mqsr2kHXSP2YaA1nAh2EpHl-bWR9QNvFyAQlDC3CiEk) to save 30%Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us ratings/reviews on your favorite listening platform.You may contact us directly if you want us to consult with your school district. Melanie Meehan: meehanmelanie@gmail.com Stacey Shubitz: stacey@staceyshubitz.com Email us at contact@twowritingteachers.org for affiliate or sponsorship opportunities.For more about teaching writing, head to the Two Writing Teachers blog.
54:21 3/3/24
Navigate a Digital World by Seeing, Hearing, and Reading: A Tip for Tomorrow from Stacey
Send us a Text Message.Stacey explores the power of pairing written explanations with oral directions to enhance understanding in the context of writing workshop. She provides an overview of Driveway, a Chrome Extension that allows educators to create step-by-step process guides with written descriptions, highlighted screenshots, and optional voiceovers. Learn how to create interactive walkthroughs to help students become more independent with the technology they use in writing workshop. Here are some videos of Stacey’s sample guides created with Driveway (and then exported to YouTube):How to Create a Cover Page in Google DocsHow to Find and Download Stock Photos from PexelsHow to Generate Citations Using Cite This For MeHow to Resize and Wrap Images in Google DocsHow to Use the Merriam-Webster Thesaurus for Finding Relevant Synonyms*****Thanks to our affiliate!Zencastr: Use our special link (https://zen.ai/mqsr2kHXSP2YaA1nAh2EpHl-bWR9QNvFyAQlDC3CiEk) to save 30% off your first month of any Zencastr paid plan. *****Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us ratings/reviews on your favorite listening platform.You may contact us directly if you want us to consult with your school district. Melanie Meehan: meehanmelanie@gmail.com Stacey Shubitz: stacey@staceyshubitz.com Email us at contact@twowritingteachers.org for affiliate or sponsorship opportunities.For more about teaching writing, head to the Two Writing Teachers blog.
06:22 2/25/24
Digital Texts as Mentors: A Tip for Tomorrow from Melanie
Send us a Text Message.In this Tip for Tomorrow, Melanie provides three ways to use digital mentor texts. She provides insight on using videos as part of your whole-class instruction, inquiry lessons, and as a goal-setting tool. Take advantage of this episode if you need more ways to integrate digital mentor texts into your writing instruction.Read Leah Koch's Two Writing Teachers post, Energize Opinion Writing with Surprising Mentor Texts: Ready-to-Go Tip, which inspired this episode. *****Thanks to our affiliate!Marley Spoon: $235 off through 5 boxes -- Makes the first box portion price start at $4.99. Click here or copy and paste this link into your browser: http://www.awin1.com/awclick.php?mid=6988&id=1261005.***** Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us ratings/reviews on your favorite listening platform.You may contact us directly if you want us to consult with your school district. Melanie Meehan: meehanmelanie@gmail.com Stacey Shubitz: stacey@staceyshubitz.com Email us at contact@twowritingteachers.org for affiliate or sponsorship opportunities.For more about teaching writing, head to the Two Writing Teachers blog.
06:34 2/18/24
Exploring the Power of Oral Language: A Conversation with a Colleague
Send us a Text Message.Discover the untapped potential of oral language in the writing process and gain valuable insights from Lainie Levin, one of our TWTBlog co-authors. Lainie and Stacey discuss the importance of oral language beyond the primary years of elementary school and how storytelling and oral language support kids in developing a sense of story and composing writing in a low-risk way. Lainie shares strategies for making oral rehearsal engaging for children.ABOUT LAINIE LEVIN:Lainie is a dedicated educator with 28 years of teaching experience and a strong advocate for children and public education. She is a gifted interventionist and coach in language arts and math, specializing in meeting the needs of gifted/talented elementary school students. Since 2021, she has been a valued colleague at Two Writing Teachers. Check out Lainie’s personal blog, Soapbox: The Way I See Things, follow her on X @mrslevin11, or read her Two Writing Teachers blog posts. GO DEEPER: Advice for the Perfectionists in Writing WorkshopReclaiming Joy: Effecting System-Wide Change in Writing InstructionReframing Avoidance: Writers and PerfectionismSharing the WealthTalking it Out: Oral Language as a Tool for RevisionThe Good Enough Job: Reclaiming Life From WorkWork-Quality Continuum***Thanks to our affiliates!Babbel: Get up to 55% OFF your subscription by clicking here. You may also copy and paste this URL into your browser: https://babbel.sjv.io/c/4684049/1057532/13589. Zencastr: Use our special link (https://zen.ai/mqsr2kHXSP2YaA1nAh2EpHl-bWR9QNvFyAQlDC3CiEk) to save 30% off your first month of any Zencastr paid plan. ***Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us ratings/reviews on your favorite listening platform.You may contact us directly if you want us to consult with your school district. Melanie Meehan: meehanmelanie@gmail.com Stacey Shubitz: stacey@staceyshubitz.com Email us at contact@twowritingteachers.org for affiliate or sponsorship opportunities.For more about teaching writing, head to the Two Writing Teachers blog.
40:02 2/11/24
Research and Writing Instruction: A Tip for Tomorrow from Melanie
Send us a Text Message.Research can be instrumental in supporting instructional decision-making for teachers. In this Tip for Tomorrow, Melanie gives an overview of some of the most critical research surrounding writing instruction. She will cover what the research says about:Teaching kids about different aspects of the writing process.Studying strong examples of writing to lift the level of student writing.Teaching students to become fluent with handwriting, spelling, and typing so the cognitive focus is on content, not construction and transcription.Providing daily time for students to write in and outside the writing workshop (e.g., content area writing, writing about reading).Creating an engaged community of writers where writers confer, collaborate, and think about their audience.Links to the research mentioned in the episode:Steve Graham: Elementary School Students to Be Efficient WritersWriting and Reading Connections/ contentConstance Weaver: Grammar intertwined throughout the writing process: An “inch wide and a mile deep”*****Thanks to our affiliate!BestSelf: Use code TWTPOD for 15% off your purchase. Valid from 1/28-4/30/24.*****Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us ratings/reviews on your favorite listening platform.You may contact us directly if you want us to consult with your school district. Melanie Meehan: meehanmelanie@gmail.com Stacey Shubitz: stacey@staceyshubitz.com Email us at contact@twowritingteachers.org for affiliate or sponsorship opportunities.For more about teaching writing, head to the Two Writing Teachers blog.
08:07 2/4/24
Propel Writers Forward With Reflection Shares: A Tip for Tomorrow from Stacey
Send us a Text Message.Join Stacey as she delves into the power of reflection shares to promote growth and development in student writing. She discusses how whole-group reflection allows students to share insights, experiences, and strategies, and fosters a sense of community and accountability. She emphasizes the importance of students feeling valued and included in the larger writing community, which increases confidence and engagement in the writing process. Near the end of the episode, Stacey shares a few prompts to help you get started with reflection shares in your classroom as soon as tomorrow.The reflection prompts mentioned towards the end of the episode:I still need help with…Something I will try again…A question I still have…I could teach others to…You can find these and some additional reflection prompts in chapter nine of Welcome to Writing Workshop: Engaging Today’s Students with a Model That Works by Stacey Shubitz and Lynne R. Dorfman.Two Writing Teachers contains excellent information about reflection and sharing. You may click on these category links to explore blog posts on these topics:#TWTBlog posts about reflection#TWTBlog posts about sharing*****Thanks to our affiliate!Marley Spoon: $235 off through 5 boxes -- Makes the first box portion price start at $4.99. Click here or copy and paste this link into your browser: http://www.awin1.com/awclick.php?mid=6988&id=1261005. *****Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us ratings/reviews on your favorite listening platform.You may contact us directly if you want us to consult with your school district. Melanie Meehan: meehanmelanie@gmail.com Stacey Shubitz: stacey@staceyshubitz.com Email us at contact@twowritingteachers.org for affiliate or sponsorship opportunities.For more about teaching writing, head to the Two Writing Teachers blog.
05:25 1/28/24
Developing as a Writer in the Slice of Life Community: A Digging Deeper Dialogue
Send us a Text Message.We explore the profound benefits of participating in the month-long writing challenge. Listeners will discover the power of making connections and gaining a true understanding of being a writer while cultivating a writing practice. The episode briefly overviews the Slice of Life Story Challenge's origins and purpose, pointing listeners to last year's Digging Deeper Dialogue for a more in-depth understanding. Whether new or returning, challenge participants will find a supportive global writing community filled with educators at all stages of their careers who want to connect and grow themselves as writers.Click here for an overview of the 17th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge hosted by the co-authors of Two Writing Teachers.*****Thanks to our affiliates!Marley Spoon: $235 off through 5 boxes -- Makes the first box portion price start at $4.99. Click here or copy and paste this link into your browser: http://www.awin1.com/awclick.php?mid=6988&id=1261005. Zencastr: Use our special link (https://zen.ai/mqsr2kHXSP2YaA1nAh2EpHl-bWR9QNvFyAQlDC3CiEk) to save 30% off your first month of any Zencastr paid plan. OFFER CODE: TWTPod***** Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us ratings/reviews on your favorite listening platform.You may contact us directly if you want us to consult with your school district. Melanie Meehan: meehanmelanie@gmail.com Stacey Shubitz: stacey@staceyshubitz.com Email us at contact@twowritingteachers.org for affiliate or sponsorship opportunities.For more about teaching writing, head to the Two Writing Teachers blog.
33:22 1/21/24
A Quick Game for Convention Practice: A Tip for Tomorrow from Melanie
Send us a Text Message.Bring the power of play into your writing instruction. Melanie explains how to teach kids to play PROVE IT in an effort for them to show evidence of the skills you're teaching in their writing. Check out these posts on TWTBlog for more ideas:Ways to Teach Conventions: Our Favorite ThingsWhen Conventions Aren't Sticking–Some Tips and Tricks*****Thanks to our affiliate!Marley Spoon: $235 off through 5 boxes -- Makes the first box portion price start at $4.99. Click here or copy and paste this link into your browser: http://www.awin1.com/awclick.php?mid=6988&id=1261005Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us ratings/reviews on your favorite listening platform.You may contact us directly if you want us to consult with your school district. Melanie Meehan: meehanmelanie@gmail.com Stacey Shubitz: stacey@staceyshubitz.com Email us at contact@twowritingteachers.org for affiliate or sponsorship opportunities.For more about teaching writing, head to the Two Writing Teachers blog.
07:00 1/14/24
Energizing Writing Lives: A Digging Deeper Dialogue
Send us a Text Message.Let's explore ways to energize your writing workshop! In this episode, we discuss strategies for revving up individual minilessons and units of study by opening up options, changing perspectives, bringing in magic, promoting collaboration, and creating authentic purposes for students to think about their audience. Resources mentioned in the episode:Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge -- Scroll down to Challenge #3 for more information.Collaborative Writing -- Discussed in this Conversation with a Colleague episode.A Pathway for Opinion WritingMentor Texts for Navigating Second-Person Point of ViewPast Tip for Tomorrow Episodes:Independent Writing ProjectsMid-Workshop InterruptionQuote from Haim GinottSome Narrative Writing FunSome Summer Writing Motivation (Writing Contests)Thinking About AudienceThree Ideas for Energizing WritingWriting as a Gift Center*****Thanks to our affiliates!Babbel: Get up to 55% OFF your subscription by clicking here. You may also copy and paste this URL into your browser: https://babbel.sjv.io/c/4684049/1057532/13589. Libro.fm Offer: Use the TWTPod CodeReceive 2 audiobook credits for $14.99 USD with your first month of membership. Check out Stacey's Libro.fm Playlist if you're looking for your next great audiobook.*****Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us ratings/reviews on your favorite listening platform.You may contact us directly if you want us to consult with your school district. Melanie Meehan: meehanmelanie@gmail.com Stacey Shubitz: stacey@staceyshubitz.com Email us at contact@twowritingteachers.org for affiliate or sponsorship opportunities.For more about teaching writing, head to the Two Writing Teachers blog.
35:20 1/7/24
Refresh and Renew with Choices for Every Writer: A Tip for Tomorrow from Stacey
Send us a Text Message.In the final episode of 2023, Stacey discusses the importance of shedding anything that isn't serving us and applies this idea to the classroom, specifically focusing on providing students with a diversity of writing supplies. She offers three suggestions for obtaining different types of notebooks at a lower cost or for free. Stacey also emphasizes the significance of paper choice as an accommodation for students, highlighting the developmental needs of young writers and providing resources for different paper formats. This episode will leave you ready to embrace changes and create an environment that empowers students to express themselves more fully in the year to come.SHOW NOTESFind a Buy Nothing group in your area.DonorsChoose Posts from the #TWTBlog ArchivesLittle Letters for LunchExamples of Recycling Centers: Art of Recycle and Lancaster Creative ReusePaper Choices & Materials on Beth Moore’s Literacy Together Paper Choices for Opinion and Argument Writing: Reaching Your WritersPaper Choices: What’s up with that?Paper Power: A Digging Deeper DialogueThe Importance of Paper: A Tip for Tomorrow Episode*****Thanks to our affiliate!Marley Spoon: $235 off through 5 boxes -- Makes the first box portion price start at $4.99. Click here or copy and paste this link into your browser: http://www.awin1.com/awclick.php?mid=6988&id=1261005. *****Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us ratings/reviews on your favorite listening platform.You may contact us directly if you want us to consult with your school district. Melanie Meehan: meehanmelanie@gmail.com Stacey Shubitz: stacey@staceyshubitz.com Email us at contact@twowritingteachers.org for affiliate or sponsorship opportunities.For more about teaching writing, head to the Two Writing Teachers blog.
09:19 12/31/23
The Beauty of Nonfiction Writing: A Digging Deeper Dialogue
Send us a Text Message.Let's explore the importance of information writing and address common problems writers face in this genre. The episode delves into the need for explicit instruction in note-taking, emphasizing the purpose of notes as a tool for critical thinking rather than mere proof or text transfer. It also offers various approaches to enhance information writing by incorporating lists, exploring different text features, and integrating tricks like twin sentences and transitional phrases. Links to resources mentioned in this episode:A Peek Into My Evolving ChartbookBig Blue Whale Big Red Kangaroo Craft Moves: Lesson Sets for Teaching Writing with Mentor TextsHave Charts, Will Travel. Mentor texts? Even better!Mentor Text Charts (in Google Docs)My Dog Spot The Journey Is Everything: Teaching Essays That Students Want to Write for People Who Want to Read ThemSketch Note Sampler Album by Paula BourqueThe Power of Story*****Thanks to our affiliates!Babbel: Get up to 55% OFF your subscription by clicking here. You may also copy and paste this URL into your browser: https://babbel.sjv.io/c/4684049/1057532/13589. Marley Spoon: $235 off through 5 boxes -- Makes the first box portion price start at $4.99. Click here or copy and paste this link into your browser: http://www.awin1.com/awclick.php?mid=6988&id=1261005. *****Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us ratings/reviews on your favorite listening platform.You may contact us directly if you want us to consult with your school district. Melanie Meehan: meehanmelanie@gmail.com Stacey Shubitz: stacey@staceyshubitz.com Email us at contact@twowritingteachers.org for affiliate or sponsorship opportunities.For more about teaching writing, head to the Two Writing Teachers blog.
29:16 12/10/23
Infusing Stories Into Essays: A Tip for Tomorrow from Stacey
Send us a Text Message.This Tip for Tomorrow explores the art of essay writing beyond the traditional structure and formula. Stacey delves into "writing to think" and how students can infuse microstories into their essays to enhance their ideas. From choosing relevant stories to crafting concise microstories, she provides practical guidance on engaging the reader and connecting these stories to the central message of the essay. By balancing storytelling with other writing techniques, students can create impactful essays that take their readers on a journey of thought.Go Deeper:Essay: What I Think, What I Am by Edward Hoagland Moving Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay: Expand the Possibilities of the Genres You TeachThe Journey Is Everything: Teaching Essays That Students Want to Write for People Who Want to Read Them by Katherine Bomer*****Thanks to our affiliate!Marley Spoon: $235 off through 5 boxes -- Makes the first box portion price start at $4.99. Click here or copy and paste this link into your browser: http://www.awin1.com/awclick.php?mid=6988&id=1261005. *****Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us ratings/reviews on your favorite listening platform.You may contact us directly if you want us to consult with your school district. Melanie Meehan: meehanmelanie@gmail.com Stacey Shubitz: stacey@staceyshubitz.com Email us at contact@twowritingteachers.org for affiliate or sponsorship opportunities.For more about teaching writing, head to the Two Writing Teachers blog.
06:46 12/3/23
Maximizing Writing Time: A Digging Deeper Dialogue
Send us a Text Message.In this episode, we address the challenge of finding enough time to teach writing workshop daily in elementary school. We discuss the importance of writing instruction for students' literacy development and provide practical strategies for teachers to maximize their writing instruction time. This episode covers topics such as establishing efficient writing routines, ways to prioritize writing instruction, integrating writing across the curriculum, utilizing technology for writing instruction, and offering practical examples and activities to promote writing in various subject areas. Research mentioned in this episode:Changing How Writing Is TaughtTeaching Elementary School Students to Be Effective WritersGo Deeper:Jump Into WritingLeaning into Spontaneous Writing MomentsMaximizing Writing Time Blog Series*****Thanks to our affiliates!Marley Spoon: $235 off through 5 boxes -- Makes the first box portion price start at $4.99. Click here or copy and paste this link into your browser: http://www.awin1.com/awclick.php?mid=6988&id=1261005. Libro.fm: Use the TWTPod CodeReceive 2 audiobook credits for $14.99 USD with your first month of membership. *****Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us ratings/reviews on your favorite listening platform.You may contact us directly if you want us to consult with your school district. Melanie Meehan: meehanmelanie@gmail.com Stacey Shubitz: stacey@staceyshubitz.com Email us at contact@twowritingteachers.org for affiliate or sponsorship opportunities.For more about teaching writing, head to the Two Writing Teachers blog.
34:22 11/26/23
Starting Off Strong With Information Writing: A Tip for Tomorrow from Melanie
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06:36 11/19/23
Ten Ways to Keep Minilessons Mini: A Tip for Tomorrow from Stacey
Send us a Text Message.This Tip for Tomorrow episode explores ten practical tips for keeping minilessons brief and effective. Stacey discusses the importance of preparedness, including having all teaching materials ready and communicating clearly with students about what they should bring to the meeting area. She highlights the benefits of assigning "talking partners" and minimizing interruptions during the lesson. In addition, she delves into using checklists, teaching management skills, recording lessons for self-reflection, and time management. Listen now for essential tips to optimize your minilessons and enhance student engagement.More on Minilessons:Structuring a Minilesson: A Digging Deeper DialogueTWTBlog Archive of Minilesson Posts Welcome to Writing Workshop: Engaging Today's Students with a Model That Works by Stacey Shubitz and Lynne R. Dorfman*****Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us ratings/reviews on your favorite listening platform.You may contact us directly if you want us to consult with your school district. Melanie Meehan: meehanmelanie@gmail.com Stacey Shubitz: stacey@staceyshubitz.com Email us at contact@twowritingteachers.org for affiliate or sponsorship opportunities.For more about teaching writing, head to the Two Writing Teachers blog.
06:46 11/12/23
Help Kids Move from Ideas to Words: A Conversation With a Colleague
Send us a Text Message.Sarah Valter, one of our TWTBlog co-authors, joins Melanie this week to discuss ways to inspire word explorers, the children in our classrooms who, for various reasons, need additional support or scaffolding to commit words to the page.For more inspiration, check out these books, podcast episodes, and blog posts:Discover What Writers REALLY Need By KidwatchingEmbrace an Asset-Based Approach: A Digging Deeper DialogueEvery Child Can Write: Entry Points, Bridges, and Pathways for Striving Writers by Melanie MeehanExample of using video in the classroom for narrative storytellingWord Explorers*****Thanks to our affiliate, Babbel! Get up to 55% OFF your subscription by clicking here. You may also copy and paste this URL into your browser: https://babbel.sjv.io/c/4684049/1057532/13589. *****Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us ratings/reviews on your favorite listening platform.You may contact us directly if you want us to consult with your school district. Melanie Meehan: meehanmelanie@gmail.com Stacey Shubitz: stacey@staceyshubitz.com Email us at contact@twowritingteachers.org for affiliate or sponsorship opportunities.For more about teaching writing, head to the Two Writing Teachers blog.
33:53 11/5/23
Increasing Narrative Writing Energy: A Tip for Tomorrow from Melanie
Send us a Text Message.Give the kids the freedom to tell many kinds of stories during a narrative writing unit. Melanie shares three ideas you can use to help students have a surge of writing during a narrative writing unit.Go deeper with these posts from the TWTBlog archives:Continuing Along the Narrative PathwayLet's Pretend!Narrative Writing: Expand the Possibilities of Genres You TeachSome Narrative Writing FunTapping Into the Power of Some New Mentor Texts*****Please subscribe to our podcast and leave us ratings/reviews on your favorite listening platform.You may contact us directly if you want us to consult with your school district. Melanie Meehan: meehanmelanie@gmail.com Stacey Shubitz: stacey@staceyshubitz.com Email us at contact@twowritingteachers.org for affiliate or sponsorship opportunities.For more about teaching writing, head to the Two Writing Teachers blog.
05:10 10/29/23

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