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Major neck pain has found it’s way to the forefront of my life yet again. I spent most of my night waiting for and having an MRI to determine why … Continue Reading Not exactly a deep SOLS, but it’s a slice of my day!
Today’s Workshop, in my classroom, was spent immersing my students in the memoir genre (or is it genre of memoir… both sound funny to me!). The kids realized that most … Continue Reading In Their Words
“Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” My high school History Teacher, Tom Wilcox, didn’t originate that phrase, but he repeated it to us quite a few … Continue Reading WN ENTRY: What do we do when we find ourselves repeating history?
My mother-in-law sent me the link to a story from “The Today Show.” It’s about an unlikely principal who turned a failing junior high school in the Bronx around… completely. … Continue Reading A Visionary in the Bronx
This weekend has been about me floating on Cloud Nine! First we heard about NCTE. Then, this evening I found out my proposal to present at the Fall 2008 NEATE … Continue Reading Who Is Responsible?” Literacy and Education for All
I did some slight tweaking to our memoir unit of study. This is this year’s “final” version. Session 1: Writers read and listen to student memoirs and then write in … Continue Reading Slight Tweaking
Our school is having mini-courses for the kids on three Mondays in May. I signed-up to do handmade card making mini-course with second, third, and fourth graders who are interested. … Continue Reading Mini-Course: Handmade Card Making
Alex from the Ed in ’08 Blogger Summit left a comment this morning on our About Us Page. The Summit is being held in Washington, DC later this month. If … Continue Reading ED in ’08 Blogger Summit
The view of the water from the back of OceanCliff Originally uploaded by teachergal We got all of our writing and reading teaching points solidified for the rest of the … Continue Reading Inspired to Create a Book List at OceanCliff
I just got off of the phone with Ruth, with whom I shared the great news. Our conversation session proposal, “INSPIRING CHILDREN TO WRITE: TEACHING WRITING WORKSHOP WITH OUR NOTEBOOKS … Continue Reading WE’RE PRESENTING AT NCTE IN NOVEMBER!!!!
Deb asked me which texts I’ll be using on day one of the memoir unit. Well, the answer is that I will be reading When the Relatives Came by Cynthia … Continue Reading Immersing them in the memoir genre
OceanCliff Originally uploaded by teachergal I was completely inspired by my surroundings today when I attended a day-long professional development session with my colleagues at OceanCliff in Newport. The drive … Continue Reading P.D.
We’re starting a new unit of study on Monday: MEMOIR! I’ve taught it twice using Calkins and Chiarella’s Book. However, this year is going to be different. Kate and I … Continue Reading Gearing-Up for Memoir
I was perusing Caroline Kennedy’s poetry anthology for kids, WHICH I LOVE, with one of my students yesterday since she was looking for inspiration during our Writing Workshop. We came … Continue Reading Poetry Friday: There Is A Time…
We did a Poetry Pass for the first time during Interactive Read Aloud yesterday. I wanted to do it so that I could get the kids writing about a ‘heavy’ … Continue Reading Poetry Pass in Interactive Read Aloud