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August 2014 eNewsletter

A Pencil's Battery Never Dies

A Back-to-School WriteSteps Refresher

Share some expert advice and earn $50!

WriteSteps Freebie: Opinion Words and Phrases Classroom Poster

Upcoming Conferences
"A teacher is a compass that activates the magnets of curiosity, knowledge, and wisdom in the pupils."
~Ever Garrison

A Pencil's Battery Never Dies
Imagine a writing world without the need for a pencil or paper. What would writing be like if it were similar to using Siri on the iPhone? It would completely change the way writing is taught and executed. This infographic sheds light on the differences between using pencil to paper versus speech-to-text software. This is a first of its kind, thought provoking infographic that we hope challenges our standard way of thinking and doing. Where do you believe the future of writing is headed? Symbols to Siri video

Welcome back to the beginning of the year!
Back-to-school. What does this word mean to you? For me, it was a time of excitement, chaos, and organization. Heading back-to-school after the summer months was always a transition. It took me a little while to settle in with my new students and get my brain back into "school" mode again (I'm sure true for the students as well?). These "Welcome to WriteSteps" videos are a great way to teach your students what they will be learning with WriteSteps. Click on the appropriate grade level to watch your "Welcome to WriteSteps" video:
Submit a 5-minute video sharing a teaching tip and earn $50!
Whether you're using WriteSteps or not, we would like to hear from you! Go here to learn how you can earn $50 for submitting a video of yourself sharing a teaching tip that can help other teachers.

We look forward to seeing your videos!

WriteSteps Freebie: Opinion Words and Phrases
This poster lists opinion words and phrases that your students can use as a reference when they're working on an opinion writing piece.

Download your free classroom poster here.


Coming to a Conference Near You!
September 19-20, Springfield, MA
Kim Gates will be presenting, "7 Keys That Inspire Success in Common Core Writing," to attendees at the New England Reading Association Conference. Be sure to come to her presentation and receive valuable tools that can help you with your Common Core writing instruction.

September 25-26, Athens, GA
Marilyn Massey will exhibit at the Georgia Association of Curriculum & Instructional Supervisors Conference in Athens, GA. Stop by the WriteSteps booth to say hello and enter for your chance to win a free one-year trial of eWriteSteps!


"Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be."
~Rita Pierson