Monthly Archive: November, 2008

A Couple “Techy” Rubrics

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Earlier this week, I posted about the process of determining how to attach grades to chats and discussion forums.  Before break, my students divided into two groups and determined the areas which should… Continue reading

Sundays are for chart-making.

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Prompts for Writing About Reading Originally uploaded by teachergal I’ve been cranking-out charts for the past hour or so: News & Announcements Charts, as well as strategy charts. Just thought I’d post a… Continue reading

It’s going to be a busy week!

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Week of December 1st, 2008 Originally uploaded by teachergal I just finished planning out the upcoming week and wow… there’s a lot going on! However, when I realized my kids were publishing and… Continue reading

POETRY FRIDAY: The Aspiring Poet’s Journal – Day 1

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Ruth picked up an extra copy of The Aspiring Poet’s Journal by Bernard Friot, in the NCTE Exhibit Hall, before I arrived in San Antonio last Friday. I rifled through it quickly last… Continue reading

JFK said:

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I receive quotes from Real Simple nearly every day. The one I received today resonated with me. It’s from President Kennedy. As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest… Continue reading

I am thankful for…

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My Thanksgiving Dessert Creation from 2006. Originally uploaded by teachergal HAPPY THANKSGIVING! I woke up early this morning and started reflecting on what I am thankful for. The list is long and hasn’t… Continue reading

Reading Notes?

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Using Discussion Forums and Chats I am able to gain insight into my students’ reading lives at an amazing rate.  I know which are lovers of books and which would rather stare at… Continue reading

Discussion Forums and Chats.

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Yesterday I invited my students to enter a Discussion Forum.  During class it was a simple thread asking that they post a bit about themselves and then respond to other posts.  Last night… Continue reading

Swarming Thoughts

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Since I returned from San Antonio late Monday night, I’ve had two days with my students as I embrace my shifted paradigm of using technology.  I really didn’t realize that I needed to shift… Continue reading

Day in a Sentence

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Kevin just posted a second call for this week’s Day in a Sentence. I see he’s experiencing the same thing with his weekly challenge that we are with ours… less participation than usual.… Continue reading

Ruth’s Day in a Sentence.

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I’m thankful that my very favorite holiday season is upon us.

Sign-Up to Confer With Me!

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My kids were getting ready to publish their personal essays yesterday. However, I knew they were all in different places. Therefore, I allowed them to sign-up for strategy lessons today based on their… Continue reading

Stacey’s Slice of Life Story (SOLS)

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E.R. Visit – A Slice of My Day Originally uploaded by teachergal I wrote this SOLS when I was in the E.R. this afternoon (it’s a little after 9 p.m. right now). It’s… Continue reading

PLEASE LINK YOUR Slice of Life Story Challenge POST HERE!

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I’ve grown frustrated with Mr. Linky, which I’ve found out is not showing up in many people’s browsers. Hence, it looks like the days of using Mr. Linky are about over. 😦 Therefore,… Continue reading

Writing in Second Person… A Mentor Text by Hopkinson

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I was delighted to happen upon Deborah Hopkinson, who was signing books in the NCTE Exhibit Hall, on Saturday afternoon. I’ve used books of hers, such as Saving Strawberry Farm and Shutting Out… Continue reading

Status of the Class

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I don’t recall whose workshop I heard it in, but someone mentioned the idea of maintaining a “status of the class” chart so that you always are aware of where you’re students are… Continue reading

Stacey’s Memoir Monday Post: Thankful

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We’ve never been the kind of family that’s gone around the table telling each other what we’re thankful for, though I always wished we could have been. However, I think it was assumed… Continue reading

C’mon… Join Us for Memoir Mondays!

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Link your Memoir Monday Post to this one by clicking on the Image Linky below. Need inspiration? Just click here for a strategy to help you get started.

I Can…

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As promised, I’m going to be blogging about a variety of sessions I attended at NCTE this past weekend. Some sessions dealt with the teaching of writing, while others dealt with 21st Century… Continue reading

Unpacking Picture Books

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In the past few months, I’ve analyzed a couple of picture books, Those Shoes and Sweet Smell of Roses , to determine the craft moves I can teach my students. As a result… Continue reading