Billy Collins’ Poetry continues to inspire me. The following Collins Poem, “Earthling” was published in The Apple That Astonished Paris. It resonated with me yesterday since I spent a great … Continue Reading Poetry Friday Is Here! (Please scroll down to submit your poem using Mr. Linky.)
Using the rubric I created for the personal narrative unit of study as a skeleton, I created a personal essay rubric a few days ago. I tweaked it with Kate … Continue Reading Personal Essay Rubric
If you blog, then you know that websites are no longer the sole way to get information out into the world. We’re living in a Web 2.0 World. Today we … Continue Reading 21st Century Literacies (NCTE’s Nov. 2007 Council Chronicle)
During my first year of teaching I attended a Calendar Day hosted by the TCRWP where I got the idea for creating portable folders for my students to use in … Continue Reading Creating Folders for “Patches of Thought”
Welcome to Writer’s Notebook Wednesday! Today you can share your response to Stacey’s charge, or you can share something else. It doesn’t really matter what you share . . . … Continue Reading WNW: Noticing Our Surroundings OR Other “Stuff”
So I’ve been noticing stuff in my everyday world and wondering what to develop for WNW. It occurred to me on Monday night that I should write about the Christmas … Continue Reading ruth’s wn entry: merry & bright.
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My students have been doing a lot of noticing in Writing Workshop since we began our Personal Essay Unit of Study last week. Hence, I created this Motivational Poster (of … Continue Reading Take Note of What Surrounds You
I’ve been grading my students’ personal narratives this morning using the rubric I created last month. That being said, I decided not to just grade their personal narratives, but also … Continue Reading Customized Spelling Lists
On November 14th I received funding, through DonorsChoose, for the “Writing Gift Center” I blogged about in October. I was delighted that someone who didn’t know me or my students … Continue Reading Gifts from the Heart
Edited: I posted & then read Stacey’s entry from today. Strange that we both wrote poems. Stranger still that we have a similar line. Strange in a cool way, though. So thankful for friendship. 🙂 So … Continue Reading ruth’s wn entry: thanksgiving thoughts.
On this day, I am thankful for so many things. I figured I’d create a list poem, with my ideas clustered in stanzas, of what I am thankful for. (I … Continue Reading Thanksgiving: A List Poem
Please use Mr. Linky and/or post a comment with your entry. Thanks for participating today! Ruth’s entry can be found by clicking here. Stacey’s entry can be found by clicking … Continue Reading WNW: Mapping Your Teaching Heart & Writing About One Item in Your Heart
I teach because of relationships. I teach to impact others in positive ways. I was surprised, looking over my map because of what’s not there. No units, no grammar, no … Continue Reading ruth’s wn entry: teaching heart map
Coming together, as a class, to do something worthwhile… I wanted all of my students to see what teamwork was about. I wanted them to do something as a group … Continue Reading Stacey’s WN Entry: The Sadako Project… A Reflection
Georgia Heard came up with the idea first. Penny Kittle adapted it. I’m bringing it from NCTE to you. Create a Map of your TEACHING Heart. Record the places you’ve … Continue Reading A Twist on Heart Maps