Monthly Archive: December, 2007

Last Post of the Year

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This is going to be my last post for 2007. Tomorrow starts a new year, brimming with possibilities and promise. 2007 has been an amazing year for me professionally and personally. Though it… Continue reading

The whole toast

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Here’s what the entire wedding toast looked like (for those of you that emailed and asked me to post it): MY PART: You’ve come from as near as New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.… Continue reading

WN ENTRY: Traditions

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There is a wedding tradition that involves lifting the bride and groom above the crowd at a wedding celebration. Further, as in Orthodox Custom, they´re not supposed to touch. This photo represents that… Continue reading

merry christmas.

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Wedding Bells are Ringing.

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I woke up this morning and thought of Stacey.  Here’s the poem that’s been rattling around in my brain.  My grandma gave it to me when I got married, unfortunately I don’t know the… Continue reading

What if…?

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Ruth’s post from Thursday got me thinking about how to improve the practice that surrounds the teaching of non-fiction writing. Just how can it get better? What if teachers from across age levels… Continue reading

Mentoring A Toast

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Marc and I are eagerly awaiting our wedding. We’ve started writing a speech to our guests and parents. I decided to mentor myself after the way Lucy Calkins, my former professor and advisor,… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: A Tribute to My Co-Blogger Ruth

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Ruth: I found this poem and thought I’d post it… so glad you’re my co-blogger AND my friend! Warmest wishes for the holidays! –Stacey Standing by, All the way. Here to help you… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: T’was the Night Before Christmas

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This is one of my favorites.  I’ve been reading it daily for the past weeks. Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a… Continue reading

a little unit planning

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Tomorrow is our last day before a two week break.  Upon returning, I’ll be working in 3 classrooms, all focusing on nonfiction writing (2 on research & 1 on persuasion).  I love this shift… Continue reading

A look at some of the writing gifts my students created…

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…for parents, friends, Santa, sisters, and more!

Daily Something: A Real-Life Auction In My Classroom!

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ruth’s wn entry: one little word.

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Last year I took up an Ali E. challenge (a theme in my life, eh?) and participated in ONE LITTLE WORD.  The idea was to come up with a defining word for the… Continue reading

WNW Updated Logo

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What do you think of our new Writer’s Notebook Wednesday Logo? Please drop us a comment and let us know if this is an improvement over the blue one we’ve been using.

WNW: Join Us!

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“What are you going to do today, this week, this month, this year, to take yourself seriously? For the sake of your dream?” —HipWriterMama Use Mr. Linky to share your writing on this… Continue reading

Jump into the new year… seriously

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HipWriterMama wrote a very inspiring post last year, which she reposted yesterday. Click here to read it. The line that resonated with me the most was: Take yourself seriously. Treat your dream seriously.… Continue reading

Publishing before a vacation

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I was talking with one of my former student teachers tonight. We were discussing the fact that it’s hard to get kids to publish before a big school vacation (like the one we… Continue reading

Daily Something

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Daily Something Ebubbey 121807 Originally uploaded by teachergal I think the words in this jpg say it all…

DAILY SOMETHING: Cards or Written Messages That Convey Sentiments?

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I spent yesterday afternoon creating “cards” for my bridesmaids. I didn’t want to attach an impersonal card to each of their gifts, so I decided to dig up old pictures, use my scanner… Continue reading

Family Trees Provide Us With A Way To Write About Our Family

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Some kids have a really easy time writing about their families, but I’ve also seen many kids struggle with the idea of writing about their family. Hence, as I was playing around on… Continue reading