During the 2005 – 06 school year I had a student who needed a new pencil every day. We have communal supplies in my classroom, so I had more than … Continue Reading Pencils: A Poem by a Former Student
My fourth grade colleague and I have decided to share the photocopying responsibilities. Since my week is next week, I went to her today to find out if she’d be … Continue Reading Selecting a variety of notebook entries…
Today I was reminded of a story from Stephen King’s book, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. Here are his words — My room in our Durham house was … Continue Reading on writing
A couple of months ago I blogged about Web 2.0 and the “Did You Know” Video. I thought it was worth mentioning again, so here’s the video. If you haven’t … Continue Reading Creating Web Savvy Students
Pat Werner, my amazing Literacy Coach from my first year of teaching, told me about DonorsChoose, an organization that matches teachers in need of funding with citizen philanthropists, in the … Continue Reading Start Writing Proposals Today!
Last week I met with a group of teachers in a study group and we began with a writer’s notebook entry of all the things we love about the start … Continue Reading ruth’s wn entry: loving the start of school.
In Stacey’s last post (right below this one), she wrote, “So what I’m taking away from today is . . . “ and I thought, what a good reflection for … Continue Reading taking away from today.
I had a really great first day of work. I learned a lot. The first thing I learned is that fourth graders are way different than fifth graders. Here’s what … Continue Reading Modeling Our Writing
I’m up super-early today. Not because I live a gagillion miles from school, but because I’m so excited to meet my new class. Hence, in order to curb my nervous … Continue Reading First Day of School Poems
I’m finished with my classroom physically (minus the library). Hence, I’m taking the day to stay at home, clean up my study, fold my sweaters in the closet, get my … Continue Reading Taking the day off from setting up
My Classroom’s Writing Center Originally uploaded by teachergal In the six-plus hours that I spent in my classroom today, I spent at least an hour tweaking the way the Writing … Continue Reading Writing Center
Small Group Work Space or Coffee Clutch? Originally uploaded by teachergal When I moved from New York City to Rhode Island I brought some furniture with me that I knew … Continue Reading Strategy Lesson and Conferring Coffee Table Area
I decided to have my students write Bio Poems on the first day of school this year in order to help them introduce themselves to me and vice versa. Like … Continue Reading Bio Poems: A great way to introduce yourself
Last week I had the pleasure of going back to NYC to visit Christina L. Rodriguez, my former student teacher who took over my classroom after I moved to Rhode … Continue Reading Meeting Area: A Place to Deliver Minilessons