I was conferring with one of my students in Writing Workshop yesterday and quickly found, as I researched, my compliment (meaningful line breaks while drafting) and teaching point (using figurative … Continue Reading Teaching Figurative Language with Mentor Poems
Is there a place you have been eating at for years… by yourself or with family? Is it a place you come back to for comfort food again and again? … Continue Reading “Memoir Mondays” Inspiration
The past week of my professional life has been dedicated to meeting with teachers and reflecting on their writing workshops. The gist of our meetings involves discussing successes and general … Continue Reading thinking things through.
The Climbing Tree Branches sturdy old A deep hole for your foot As you hoist yourself upwards you can see all the buds blossoming –Stacey, May 2008 This week Poetry … Continue Reading Poetry Friday: An Original
Next Week: Agh!!!!!!!!!!! Originally uploaded by teachergal Farjeon wrote a poem called “There Isn’t Time,” which has always resonated with me since I try to multi-task all of the time … Continue Reading There Isn’t Time… The Gates Are Closing… Teaching ’til the End…
elementary school version of the end of the year reflection tool that ruth created Originally uploaded by teachergal I went to Ruth’s Queen of Forms Page, as per her earlier … Continue Reading The Queen of Forms Page Led Me to Create This!
Last summer I took a course at T.C.’s Reading Institute with Kyleene Beers. She gave us a copy of her book Adolescent Literacy: Turning Promise Into Practice. As I read … Continue Reading What Really Matters: This Post Was Inspired by My Amazing Co-Blogger RUTH!
From time to time I check in on Sara Holbrook’s blog. Today I was shocked and saddened by the death of her 7 year old granddaughter earlier this month. I was … Continue Reading remember this.
Last week I posted an end of the year refection for teachers to use to assess their writing workshops. I also believe it’s important for students to do this same … Continue Reading end of the year <i>student</i> reflection.
I’ve been working on updating the list of books I’ve read to my kids this year since I think it’s good to keep a list, of sorts. I have the … Continue Reading Read Alouds That Support the Writing Curriculum, IRA Books, & Touchstone Texts
Cleaned-Up Classroom Library Originally uploaded by teachergal Yesterday morning V came to me and asked, “Can I stay up at lunch with you to fix the classroom library?” I paused. … Continue Reading Book-Borrowing Cards, Paint Stirrers, Binders… NOTHING WORKS!
I know teachers are not supposed to have favorites. Still, I have three. I wrote about one back in November and had plans to write about the others. Funny how … Continue Reading what really matters?
Found this clip from 60 Minutes on Lessons from the Scrapbook Page. I think it’s quite insightful and would love to “hear” your comments. Enjoy having your thinking pushed a … Continue Reading Today’s Graduates: The Millennials
The art of a thank you note… Miss Annechini, my sixth grade teacher, taught us how to write “Bread and Butter Notes,” which has stuck with me for years. However, … Continue Reading Writing Thank You Notes
It’s time to link your Slice of Life Story to this post by using this Mr. Linky Widget: Invite someone new into the SOLSC Community this week by commenting on … Continue Reading The Last SOLSC of May
When we first started Two Writing Teachers, we kept it private for a bit. We wrote and analyzed, wrote and discussed, wrote and tweaked and wrote some more. Then we … Continue Reading Ruth’s Memoir Monday: A Place