Monthly Archive: October, 2008

She showed it to me!

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Great news! The student who I blogged about yesterday went home and did the first of the graphic organizers last night. WOO-HOO! She really did a nice job working within the structure I… Continue reading

Photo Fridays: Look Back, but Always Look Ahead

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A view from behind Originally uploaded by teachergal I’ve come to believe that once I make a decision, I should never look back. And quite frankly, I don’t. I stick with something once… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: At the Pumpkin Patch

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Jenny Whitehead’s Book, Holiday Stew: A Kid’s Portion of Holiday and Seasonal Poems, is chock-full of wonderful treasures that can be shared with kids on religious and secular holidays. It’s categorized by season… Continue reading

Helping a Student Generate Non-Narrative WN Entries

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One of my students seemed to be stuck as she sat in her writing focus spot today. She was supposed to be collecting entries and growing some thinking, but her pencil was barely… Continue reading

Words of Wisdom from Fletcher

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I was rereading A Writer’s Notebook: Unlocking the Writer Within You for pearls of wisdom to lend to one of the reluctant writers in my classroom this evening. Here are some of those… Continue reading

Thank You!

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Little did I know what I was in for when I asked for response.  Thank you!  Thank you!  I cannot even begin to tell you how your response has stretched me as a… Continue reading

Day in a Sentence – Written at 6:15 a.m.

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I’m sitting in darkness because my desk lamp, which has had the same fluorescent bulb for the past five years, just blew out.

Stacey’s SOLSC

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My handwritten slice… about one of the students who inspired the entire Slice of Life Story Challenge this past winter. (He’s coming back for a visit next week!)

It’s here and we hope you join us!

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It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for our weekly SLICE OF LIFE STORY CHALLENGE. Please link your post here by clicking on the image linky below. EDITED: If the button isn’t working for… Continue reading

Response PLEASE!

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I was asked to submit  a piece of writing for a little newsletter the All-Write Consortium is putting together.  The focuse for this issue is Why Workshop?  So I refined a poem that… Continue reading

Collecting Ideas As An Essayist

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Today’s lesson is one of my favorites of the school year. It’s the day when the kids really start to notice the world around them with a heightened sense of awareness. The teaching… Continue reading

Stacey’s M.M. Post: Tomatoes

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Jersey Tomatoes. The sound of those two words evokes a strong smell memory. I can smell the garden-fresh, bright red, ripe tomatoes my father grew in our backyard when I was a little… Continue reading

Join the Trip Down Memory Lane

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It’s time for Memoir Monday! Link your post to this one by clicking on the image linky.

We all have lots of small moments to write about!

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I went through “My Pictures” Folder this morning and located a sleuth of photographs that capture some of the small, ordinary moments of my life during the past year. I put it into… Continue reading

Writing About Issues

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Living Life Twice, a blog written by Alan J. Wright who lives in Australia, has a fantastic post entitled “Writing About Issues -Big and Small.” Here’s an excerpt from his post: Students were… Continue reading

Launching Personal Essay

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It’s nearly November, which means it’s time for me to start teaching my students how to craft personal essays. I use Calkins and Gilette’s book for my teaching points, but deviate from their… Continue reading

Thinking More About Teachers & Notebooks

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I’m sitting in Nashua preparing for tomorrow’s presentation. Part of my preparation means returning to my old binders and files when my thinking changed about the teaching of writing. The shift in my… Continue reading

Teaching Writing Workshop with A Wide-Open Notebook

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Here’s the public version of the presentation I’ll be giving at the New England Association of Teachers of English’s Fall Conference tomorrow. Click on the link below to view the presentation, which I’ll… Continue reading

Stories in Hand

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Ruth just convinced me to sign up for a free online course called “Stories in Hand,” which you can read more about by clicking here. The course is a hybrid: art and writing.… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: Voting Acrostic

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After yesterday’s lesson, and the awesome “get out & vote” posters my students made, I decided to write an acrostic poem about voting. Vigorous supporters Of candidates always Take to the polls. It’s… Continue reading