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 … Continue Reading She showed it to me!
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 … Continue Reading Photo Fridays: Look Back, but Always Look Ahead
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 … Continue Reading Poetry Friday: At the Pumpkin Patch
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 … Continue Reading Helping a Student Generate Non-Narrative WN Entries
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 … Continue Reading Words of Wisdom from Fletcher
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 … Continue Reading Thank You!
I’m sitting in darkness because my desk lamp, which has had the same fluorescent bulb for the past five years, just blew out.
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 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 … Continue Reading It’s here and we hope you join us!
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 … Continue Reading Response PLEASE!
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 … Continue Reading Collecting Ideas As An Essayist
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 … Continue Reading Stacey’s M.M. Post: Tomatoes
It’s time for Memoir Monday! Link your post to this one by clicking on the image linky.
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 … Continue Reading We all have lots of small moments to write about!
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 … Continue Reading Writing About Issues
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 … Continue Reading Launching Personal Essay
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 … Continue Reading Thinking More About Teachers & Notebooks
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 … Continue Reading Teaching Writing Workshop with A Wide-Open Notebook
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: … Continue Reading Stories in Hand
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 … Continue Reading Poetry Friday: Voting Acrostic