Monthly Archive: August, 2008

Empty Bulletin Boards

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I took all of my strategy charts off of the walls last week. I realized that they were more like posters than instructional aids if I kept them up since they weren’t created… Continue reading

Sharing a Notebook Lesson

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Aimee Buckner’s Book, Notebook Know-How, is an excellent resource for providing kids with strategies for generating notebook writing. Since many folks who took our poll asserted that they wanted more info on units… Continue reading

Routines I Teach So Things Run Smoothly

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Ruth, and many other TWT Readers, have been back-to-school with the kids for weeks. My students, on the other hand, start classes this Tuesday. I was cleaning out my closet the other day… Continue reading

Combo: 2 questionnaires meshed into one

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Literacy Interview Originally uploaded by teachergal My colleague recently gave me a copy of a Reading Profile she uses with her students. Loved it! However, it left me realizing that the Writing Interview… Continue reading

My Personalized Plan Book Arrived Today!

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I blogged about the plan book I was creating a couple of weeks ago. I found that many photo books were just too expensive to create over the summer, plus few had spiral… Continue reading

PHOTO FRIDAYS: systems and tools that look pretty

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old file tote with new folders Originally uploaded by teachergal I have four days left until I head back to school. Granted, I’ll be in my classroom later today putting the finishing touches… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: An Acrostic Poem About Labor Day

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I was looking around for a poem about Labor Day on this final summer Friday. (I know, I know… summer goes through mid-September. However, this is the weekend that always feels like the… Continue reading

Busy???

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Who isn’t busy these days? We all are, regardless of where we are in our teaching careers. I found a fantastic site today, The Busy Teacher’s Cafe, which is put together by a… Continue reading

Trying to Banish the Back-to-School Jitters

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Postcards to Help with the Eradication of First Day of School Jitters Originally uploaded by teachergal I created some postcards to send to my students later today. I’m sending them with the hope… Continue reading

Trading My Favorite Classroom Spaces

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Trading Our Favorite Spaces: 1 of 2 Originally uploaded by teachergal Mary Lee & Franki are hosting something of a blog carnival over at A Year of Reading. It’s called Trading (Our Favorite)… Continue reading

Writing Center

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My Students’ New Writing Center Originally uploaded by teachergal Last year my students’ writing center was a pretty tall bookcase. The wooden structure, pictured, housed the math center. However, as the amount of… Continue reading

Stacey’s SOLSC

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Warning: Music will come on when you click on this album! Make a Smilebox scrapbook

Setting up my classroom

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Monday-What I’m working on now… Originally uploaded by teachergal I’ve been busy setting up my classroom for the past two days. (Hence the reason I haven’t posted much.) Here are two views I’m… Continue reading

SOLSC: The Last One of August

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It’s time for…

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Unscramble the Teacher’s Motto

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When I moved to RI, I borrowed a motto from a former colleague, Halli, in New York. She had a BIG sign over her door that read, “We will work hard, but we… Continue reading

M.M. Inspriation: An Optional & Challenging Charge

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Pick an entry, any entry! Originally uploaded by teachergal Find an old diary or writer’s notebook. Open it to any page. Let that be the inspiration for this-coming M.M. Even if it’s not… Continue reading

Five Shakes of the Rain Stick

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Emily Butler-Smith, a staff developer with the TCRWP led an interesting session on classroom management structures at the July Writing Institute. At first, I’m pretty happy with the routines and procedures I’ve established… Continue reading

Recap of T.B.P.S.

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Some of the quotes/highlights from our posts, which you can locate at any time by typing “Big Picture Series” into the SEARCH BOX on the top right corner of this blog. “So many… Continue reading

The Big Picture: Happy Mail!!!

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This is the final post of The Big Picture Series. (Ruth stated hers was the last, but after I received some mail from her today, I decided we needed to have just one… Continue reading