Monthly Archive: November, 2008

Reflecting on Digi-Storytelling

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Last night, Stacey & I put together our first digital story.  Although it is quite rough, a bit cheesy, and borderline ridiculous — the benefits far outweigh the potential embarrassing consequences of posting… Continue reading

Moments of Clarity

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Snowden Campbell presented at NCTE on Saturday afternoon. She shared a strategy called “Moments of Clarity” with us. Moments of Clarity are essentially epiphanies we have as humans… it’s when we realize something… Continue reading

Online Brainstorming Tool

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The newest Web 2.0 Tool I learned about yesterday at NCTE is called bubbl.us. It’s a brainstorming tool, which I briefly demonstrated, while Ruth taped me using a digital camera, in the video… Continue reading

Our 2008 NCTE Presentation

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As promised, here’s the presentation, ‘”I HATE WRITING!!!’: A Discussion About Inspiring Reluctant Writers By Writing Alongside Them,” we gave today. Ayres & Shubitz 2008 NCTE Convention Presentation

Digital Storytelling

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This afternoon Ruth and I attended a presentation by Shannon Baumann entitled “Digital Storytelling in the K-5 Classrooms.” Baumann gave us a plethora of suggestions for creating digital stories with our students. In… Continue reading

We’ve arrived in San Antonio!

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For a few days we’re just a few blocks apart, not 872 miles apart! We’ve spent the day in sessions, which we’ll be blogging about soon. Right now, we are headed out to… Continue reading

We’re Headed to NCTE!

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In the next 24 hours, Ruth and I will go from being 872 miles apart to being in the same city, San Antonio, which we couldn’t be more thrilled about! We’re both heading… Continue reading

I’ve Got My Work Cut-Out For Me Tonight

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Nearly all of my students turned-in the first drafts of their personal essays today so that they could get my feedback. Awesome, right? YEP! The only thing is that they’re huge in length!… Continue reading

“It’s like a hard-working office in here Ms. S.”

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“It’s like a hard-working office in here Ms. S.,” my student said to me as I stood back admiring how diligently all of my students were working this morning. I nodded, “You’re absolutely… Continue reading

Slice Away!

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EDITED @ 9:47 P.M.: OH NO! MR. LINKY ISN’T WORKING!!! PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT WITH THE LINK TO YOUR SLICE OF LIFE STORY! SORRY!!!! It’s time for our weekly SLICE OF LIFE STORY… Continue reading

day one.

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Today I began teaching “English 9 A.”  As we squeezed into a skinny oblong ring, I could already sense a community being formed.  The simple act of sharing names and bits about ourselves… Continue reading

More Penny Inspiration.

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I’ve been wanting to write a “Where I’m From” poem for many years now.  Originally inspired by George Ella Lyon’s poem, shared in a workshop by Georgia Heard, then by Stacey, and most… Continue reading

Preview: Reluctant Writers’ Self-Reflections

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I’ve been going through some of my former students’ end-of-year self-assessments in writing (adapted from Buckner’s Book Notebook Know-How) that were completed in June 2007. I’m doing this to find just a couple… Continue reading

Turning a Quote Into a Patch of Thought

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Today was the last day my students were collecting patches of thought for their personal essays. This is a copy of the end-of-the-workshop teaching share that I did on how to turn a… Continue reading

Memories of Snow Days

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This week’s Memoir Monday Post was a cinch for me to do since I’m writing about my roots for the “Stories in Hand” Class I’ve been taking. I let my writing take me… Continue reading

Join Us for Memoir Monday!

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It’s time for our weekly Memoir Monday Challenge. (BTW: A new logo will be coming soon!) Please click on the image linky below to link your post to this one. 🙂

Guided Writing Lesson

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Guided Writing Lesson Front Page Originally uploaded by teachergal I attended the Literacy for All K-6 Northeast Literacy Conference here in Providence today. Specifically, I attended “Guided Writing in Small Group Settings,” which… Continue reading

Answering Questions About Writing Workshop

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I received a bunch of questions from a regular reader of TWT yesterday. Her questions seemed like ones that other folks might want the answers to, so I asked her if I could… Continue reading

About Writing (and Big Kids)

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I’m sure I’m not the only person who has realized that not much is written about how much kids write, right? Well, USA Today‘s Mary Beth Marklein published an article six days ago… Continue reading

Day in a Sentence

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The Coast 93.3 Traffic Report stated that “95 South was a parking lot,” so I decided to head north and do some errands in Massachusetts before heading home. That was four hours ago.… Continue reading