When I attended T.C., I took “The Teaching of Writing” with Lucy Calkins, who truly taught me how to write better (not to mention how to be a better teacher … Continue Reading Demonstration in Minilessons: my personal narrative
My October newsletter is being translated right now. I expect to be sending it home to my students’ families sometime next week. I’m excited about it since I’m announcing a … Continue Reading Hosting a Writing Night
Please check out Jen’s Post about taking her students outside to write. It’s a great idea to try before the weather gets too cold (which is happening soon in most … Continue Reading Outdoor Outlet
Ruth and I have both set up Wikis. Her’s is for teachers and mine is for my students’ families. However, I just found out that there’s an educator wiki at … Continue Reading PBWiki
Twenty Published Pieces That Grew Out of Writer’s Notebook Entries Caption: My students spent two days working on on-demand writing pieces. Today eight of them shared their small moment stories … Continue Reading Twenty Published Pieces
Ahh! Poetry Friday is here! My poem comes straight off of the Giggle Poetry Website, which my former students have always loved. I hope you enjoy today’s selection AND will … Continue Reading Poetry Friday Submission
Sarah Amick left the following comment — Hey, do you guys have any information on developing a writer’s identity? I have a kiddo that doesn’t think that his words matter. … Continue Reading Q & A: A Writer’s Identity?
They’ve collected and collected and collected some more in their writer’s notebooks. Now it’s time for my kids to publish something. I’m giving them two days to do an “on-demand” … Continue Reading On-Demand Writing Time
This week I remembered to post the entry before going to work. Hooray for me!!! 😉 Anyway, we’re trying Mr. Linky again. Do link us to your entry and/or leave … Continue Reading Writer’s Notebook Wednesday is Here!
Here are a couple of pages from my writer’s notebook. I put them on transparencies and used them to teach a focus lesson about doing some “deep thinking” about a … Continue Reading ruth’s wn entry: fantasy story character & magic & setting.
Coney Island: 2004 Originally uploaded by teachergal When I was a little girl my father used to take me to Brooklyn at least once a month so we could spend … Continue Reading Stacey’s WN Entry: Weekends in Brooklyn with My Dad
I modeled the golf glove piece to my class today during my demonstration. I partially wrote it out and partially wrote in the air. Then, I had the kids select … Continue Reading Memory Boxes are a big hit!
I’m working in a fifth grade classroom this week who studied Chris Van Allsburg and are now working on their own fantasy stories. I must admit I was a bit … Continue Reading fantasy writing.
I started a wiki a few weeks ago and have been playing with this form of sharing . When you go there, you will see it’s a work in progress. … Continue Reading playing with technology.
It’s that time of the year in many classrooms. Check out the discussion (via the comments) in Jen Barney’s post: A Moment. Great discussion & ideas.
I’m honored to be part of the Cybils Fiction Picture Book Judging Team. Thanks Anne and Kelly!